Here's a great "identifies as" story for you:
Yup, this lady was really stripped of her Canadian government job for not being indigenous enough. (Or indigenous at all for that matter.)
Carrie Bourassa, a public health expert who served as scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health, was suspended on Nov. 1, five days after the state-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published a lengthy expose on her background.
Far from being a member of the Métis nation, as she had long claimed, a laborious trace of Bourassa's family tree revealed that her supposedly indigenous ancestors were in fact immigrant farmers who hailed from Russia, Poland, and Czechoslovakia.
Okay, first of all I don't even know why there is such a thing as the Canadian Institute of Indigenous People's Health. Why do they have that? Probably to virtue signal. Or, maybe, somehow, possibly, it's good. But I doubt it.
Anyhow, this lady had always been thought to be indigenous in Canada. She always told everyone she was. She was well respected, well educated—a government "expert"—and, since she's used her little identity as a hustle, she is very wealthy, too. The wealthy part really pays off in the progressive world these days, so I'm sure people took her very seriously.
But then, in 2019 during a TEDx Talk, she referred to herself as "Morning Star Bear," and dressed herself all Native American-like, causing her colleagues to suspect that she might be a poseur.
Check out this video and tell me if you think she's trying too hard:
Yes, so her colleagues looked into her ancestry…
AND FOUND THAT SHE WASN'T NATIVE AMERICAN AT ALL.
NOT ONE BIT!
And of course, she changed her story up after being called out:
[Bourassa's colleague] Wheeler, a documented member of Manitoba's Fisher River Cree Nation, started digging into Bourassa's genealogical records — and took her findings to the media.
But when pressed to provide evidence of Native American heritage, Bourassa suddenly changed her story — saying that she had been adopted into the Métis community by an unnamed Métis friend of her deceased grandfather, Clifford Laroque.
"Even though Clifford passed, those bonds are even deeper than death because the family has taken me as if I was their blood family," she insisted in a statement. "In turn, I serve the Métis community to the best of my ability."
So, as you can see, this is all just one big load of Sitting Bull.
Weird how white people keep voluntarily giving up their "white privilege" in order to lie and pretend to be people of color for benefits, no?
I think this lady and Liz Warren should have a battle to see who is the most indigenous.