What in buggery is “lateral violence”?

Professor who claimed to be indigenous woman called ‘Morning Star Bear’ exposed as ‘imposter’
Investigations have revealed that one of Canada’s ‘most powerful women’ is actually of Polish, Russian and Czechoslovakian origin

So what is this then?

She decried a “smear campaign” and “lateral violence,” but this week Dr Bourassa, who was named as one of the country’s most powerful women in 2021, was suspended by UoS and stepped aside from her role as scientific director of the Indigenous health arm of CIHR.

Anyone care to explain “lateral violence”. As something other than “Darn, I got caught” that is?

17 thoughts on “What in buggery is “lateral violence”?”

  1. Not violence that comes from the side?

    Of course, the real story is how everybody was desperate to fall over themselves to appease this woman when they thought she was the Correct Oppressed Race, but suddenly changed tune when it turned out she wasn’t. Kind of like those three blokes in Spain who published novels jointly under a woman’s name.

  2. Self identification strikes again. If I ever get nicked for something I’m going to point out that as a self identified cat I’m classifed under ferae naturae and as such laws don’t apply to me.

  3. Anyone care to explain “lateral violence”. As something other than “Darn, I got caught” that is?

    In this instance, that’s exactly what it is.

    In the more general case, it’s fancy name for (nonphysical) bullying/abuse amongst, and betwixt, those who hold a number of valid Victimhood Poker™ cards.

    i.e. “Whitey isn’t involved, so I can’t blame racism for this gaslighting/snide comments/criticism I’m receiving.”

    They wanted a special pronoun for it, it seems, and so here we are.

  4. Anyone care to explain what “indigenous” means? My ancestors have lived here for more than 900 years, that makes me indigent doesn’t it?

  5. Anyone care to explain what “indigenous” means?

    Given the context of this particular one, I’m guessing she was claiming to be a descendant of one of the many, many Canadian Aboriginal tribes.

    Specifically, from the Times article on the matter (since I can’t get to the Telegraph version):

    described herself as being of Métis, Anishinaabe and Tlingit heritage

    Turns out, from a CBC investigation into her family tree, that her heritage may derive rather more from Eastern European than North American…

    My ancestors have lived here for more than 900 years, that makes me indigent doesn’t it?

    In the old meaning of the word, yes. But I’d hazard a guess that you’re White™, so ‘indigent’ may be a label you’re no longer allowed to use…

  6. @BiS: “You also get to lose your nuts with no right of appeal.”

    I’d claim it violated my human rights. 🙂

    Logic? Pah! Self identification sneers at logic!

  7. I wonder what she did to make the CBC (which makes the BBC sound like Fox News) go after her?

    It appears some of her colleagues were somewhat less enamoured of her than others, started digging, got rebuffed when they presented their findings and made a complaint.

    Tait [Métis professor and medical anthropologist at the same uni] said Bourassa’s shifting ancestry claims made her and other colleagues suspicious. They also recently learned that Bourassa’s sister had stopped claiming to be Métis after she examined her genealogy. So Tait, Wheeler, Smylie [two other collegues] and others decided to review that genealogy for themselves.

    “We start to see that no, as a matter of fact, [Bourassa’s ancestors] are farmers,” Tait said. “These are people who are Eastern European people. They come to Canada, they settle.”


    Tait was so troubled by what she found that, with the support of Wheeler and others, she compiled the information in a document and submitted formal academic misconduct complaints against Bourassa with the U of S [University of Saskatchewan] and the CIHR [Canadian Institutes of Health Research]. In her email to CBC, Bourassa said the U of S complaint was dismissed.

    Seems they went to CBC instead.

    Original article here for anyone who wants the rest of the gory details: https://www.cbc.ca/newsinteractives/features/carrie-bourassa-indigenous

  8. I think I read that the Red Injuns in ‘Merica were originally a mix of East European and Asian Russian or Mongolian ethnically – they migrated by land or sea from current Russia to Alaska, then down to the current USA and across to Canada?

  9. I had a co-worker here in Michigan who was an accredited member of one of the Lower Michigan ‘bands’ of Native Americans. You’d never know to look at him. He always used to rag us about how much we had to pay for fishing licenses – he was exempt. He had two sayings about people like this i) ‘the more feathers, the less Indian’ and ii) ‘I never knew how many cousins I had until the band started planning the casino’.



  10. Metis is an odd one as it’s a recognised separate group that was formed from descendants of interbreeding between the locals and the early French settlers.
    Métis itself comes from a French term for “person of mixed parentage” and derives from the Latin word mixticus, “of mixed race.”

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