Webcast cancelled after host, former Tribe Called Red member Ian Campeau admits using power to exploit women

One of the hosts of Homies Chatting, an Indigenous-led interview style webcast, is on leave after admitting on Twitter to "unacceptable" behaviour toward women, saying "I'm a monster but working not to be."

Campeau, who performs as DJ NDN, apologizes for 'completely unacceptable' toward his wife and other women

Ian Campeau admitted on Twitter this week to 'unacceptable' behaviour toward women. (CBC)

One of the hosts of Homies Chatting, an Indigenous-led interview style webcast, is on leave after admitting on Twitter to "unacceptable" behaviour toward women, saying "I'm a monster but working not to be."

On Wednesday, Ian Campeau, who performs as DJ NDN and is a former member of the Ottawa-based DJ group A Tribe Called Red, took to Twitter apologizing for behaviour he said was "completely unacceptable" toward his wife and other women.

In the Twitter thread, Campeau said "I abused my position of stature and power in the dynamics of interactions with women."

He said he had made unwanted advances on women, had used "tactics to exploit women's emotional labour and physical comfort," and "was unfaithful" while his wife was pregnant and battling cancer.

The final tweet said that Campeau would no longer be on social media but would keep his Twitter account active and his direct messages open, "for people to private message anything that I could do to help with repairing the problems I've caused."

Campeau has previously spoken out against sexual assault and removed misogynistic music from his playlists while still a member of a Tribe Called Red and after his departure from the group in 2017. 

Campeau did not respond to a request for comment.

Homies Chatting co-host Jesse Thistle said he learned of allegations against Campeau through an Instagram account posting about his alleged actions.

"I showed him the thing and asked him what it was, and that was the last I heard of it," said Thistle.

"And then he put out a statement."

Jesse Thistle is the author of From the Ashes and co-hosted Homies Chatting. (CBC)

Thistle said he informed the Homies Chatting production team he was leaving the show on July 14 due to his busy schedule and fall teaching commitments.

He also said he wanted to remove himself from the situation with Campeau and not be associated with him anymore. 

"I'm just going to mind my business, do my thing. I hope that he gets better and finds what he needs to do," said Thistle.

"But I can't support him, I can't be in his corner during this time."

Thistle's book, From the Ashes, was in contention in this year's CBC Canada Reads battle of the books. Following its elimination from the competition, he had a series of confrontations online.

Thistle has also stepped back from social media, deactivating his Twitter account.

'On leave' from webcast

Production company Makwa Creative, which is owned by author and journalist Tanya Talaga, was to provide production support for a podcast.

Talaga said in an email to CBC News that Thistle had previously made a decision to step down as of Aug. 7 due to his teaching schedule. She said he did not inform the team he was leaving, effective immediately, until it appeared in a tweet on or about July 21 or 22.

In a statement, Talaga said Makwa Creative recently learned of concerns regarding Campeau's past behaviour.

"Makwa Creative is owned and run by Indigenous women, and our policies and expectations reflect how we strive to live up to our cultural teachings," read the statement. 

In a post on Instagram Friday evening, the show's producers announced it will come to a close.

"We want to thank everyone who grew this community with us, and to all the amazing guests who came to speak on the show," the post read, in past. 

The producers said they stand in support of all women and people who have been impacted, and they hope the team can continue in a new way in the future.