Haisla Nation, school district investigate after B.C. teacher allegedly mocks student for traditional regalia

An incident involving a teacher allegedly mocking a student for wearing traditional regalia is being investigated by the Haisla First Nation and local school district.

Both the Haisla Nation and Coast Mountains School District 82 confirmed that on Monday, an Indigenous student was allegedly mocked by his teacher for wearing traditional Haisla regalia in class at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School in Kitimat, B.C. 

The incident sparked a peaceful protest — with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students participating — outside the school on Tuesday, according to the school district.

The First Nation and school district say an internal investigation on the incident is ongoing, and will not further comment on the incident or the teacher involved.

Disheartened by racism

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