January 20th, 2017

Author Joseph Boyden apologizes for being ‘too vocal’ on indigenous issues


By The Canadian Press on January 11, 2017.

Joseph Boyden holds the Giller Prize after winning it in Toronto on Tuesday, Nov.11, 2008. The CBC says acclaimed Canadian author Boyden is apologizing for "taking up too much airtime" in conversations concerning indigenous issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – Acclaimed author Joseph Boyden is apologizing for being “too vocal” about indigenous issues in Canada, saying those with deeper roots in the community should speak on its behalf.

In a statement, Boyden again addressed the controversy surrounding his indigenous heritage, which began last month after an investigation into his background by an Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) reporter.

The APTN article digs into the different claims of indigenous ancestry the novelist has made throughout his life, and the evidence – or lack thereof – to back it up.

Days later, Boyden defended himself of Twitter, saying he is of “mostly Celtic heritage,” but says he also has Nipmuc roots on his father’s side and Ojibway roots on his mother’s.

In Wednesday’s statement, Boyden took a different tone.

He says that while his intentions were good, he apologizes for being the “go-to person” in the media for indigenous issues, saying that role should go to elders.


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