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‘Truly sorry:’ Poet linked to killer of Indigenous woman cancels Regina lecture – paNOW

by ahnationtalk on January 5, 202041 Views

A celebrated Canadian poet has cancelled a lecture about Indigenous justice issues at the University of Regina following outrage over his working relationship and friendship with the killer of a local First Nations woman.

George Elliott Clarke was to deliver the Woodrow Lloyd Lecture on Jan 23. The talk was titled “‘Truth and Reconciliation’ versus ‘the Murdered and Missing’: Examining Indigenous Experiences of (In)Justice in Four Saskatchewan Poets.”

Indigenous leaders and some faculty members urged the university to cancel it because of Clarke’s association with Stephen Brown, who changed his name from Steven Kummerfield.

Brown and his friend Alex Ternowetsky were convicted of manslaughter in the 1995 beating death of Pamela George. Brown was sentenced to 6 1/2-years and was granted parole in 2000. He now lives in Mexico.

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