Nfld. & Labrador

Labrador Inuit man wants cultural loss recognized

A Labrador Inuit man is one of thousands aboriginal people in a class action lawsuit in Ontario seeking compensation from the federal government for the loss of their language and culture.

A Labrdor Inuit man is one of thousands of aboriginal people in a class action lawsuit in Ontario seeking compensation from the federal government for the loss of their language and culture.

Rob Lackie was adopted into a non-aboriginal family at the age of four. He said it was always clear to him that he wasn’t the same as his brother and sister.

"Both my siblings are fair-haired, fair-skinned. Looking at myself I'm brown hair, brown eyes, brown skin," Lackie told CBC.

It took years, but eventually he found out he was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and his parents were Inuit.

In 2006, he found his mother and another surprise - he also has a birth sister.

"I can't describe the connection. You know, I always felt a part of my life was missing," he said

Lackie said he hasn’t joined the lawsuit against the federal government because he wants to make money.

"It’s still going on, unfortunately, and if it does happen in the future, we want to make sure people do have the right to maintain their culture and traditions," he said

Ottawa is fighting the suit in court.

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