City of Edmonton scraps Joseph Boyden’s speaking slot at culture event – Edmonton – CBC News

City of Edmonton scraps Joseph Boyden’s speaking slot at culture event – Edmonton – CBC News – APTN reporter Jorge Barrera’s piece, which questioned claims of Indigenous ancestry Boyden has made throughout his life, has sparked a firestorm of debate on social media and made international headlines. Last week, the Canadian novelist released a statement saying his heritage isn’t neatly laid out in official records but instead rooted in stories told by his family. The Scotiabank Giller Prize winner behind Through Black Spruce described himself as “a white kid from Willowdale with native roots.” An official with Winter Cities Shake-Up says they didn’t want Boyden’s appearance to take away from the focus of the conference, which is on improving the quality of life in cities during the season through design, culture and business.

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