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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Metis say museum censoring culture by rejecting performer for opening ceremony

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Metis Federation is accusing the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights of censorship and is threatening to boycott the institution.

President David Chartrand says the museum approached the federation and asked which Metis performers should be included in the opening ceremonies.

But he says the Winnipeg museum rejected the federation's choice - decorated Metis musician Ray St. Germain - because they wanted a younger person.

Chartrand says the federation is insulted by the decision and has voted to boycott Canada's newest museum, which is to open next month.

A spokeswoman for the museum says they asked the federation for suggestions, but have to ensure the opening ceremonies reflect all of Canada.

Rhea Yates says the museum has the highest regard for St. Germain and regrets any offence it may have caused. -CP-

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