Conservative MP Jason Kenney has been in the news a lot this week, but it's a tweet he posted on National Aboriginal Day that is drawing the attention of the Indigenous community.
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On Aboriginal Day we honour those who first settled in Canada, and their generations of descendants. pic.twitter.com/9nPeOx4HJX— @jkenney
It didn't take long for Kenney to be called out for the poorly worded tweet.
"Calling Indigenous [Peoples] settlers? … Canada is how old?" questioned Christi Belcourt.
Oh puleeze. Calling Indigenous Ppls settlers? Yeah right, 20,000 year old settlers. Canada is how old? https://t.co/EKxKmcRj1A— @christibelcourt
@jkenney ummmm. I don't think that the indigenous people were the first settlers, probably here before the that happened.— @Rob_Imrie
Kenney responded to a few Tweets, but failed to understand why people were frustrated by what he originally wrote.
@Rob_Imrie I don't follow. The ancestors of our aboriginal people were the first to come to North America. Not really a point of contention.— @jkenney
@Sky_s_The_Limit You don't think we should honour the first people who came to Canada / North America?— @jkenney