Saturday, July 16, 2005

BC Human Rights Tribunal Slanders Aboriginals

Who's discrimating against who here?

B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the International Village Mall in Vancouver discriminated against aboriginal people.

Complainant Gladys Radek was awarded $15,000 in the tribunal's decision Wednesday. Radek claimed she and other native people had been discriminated against by security guards at the mall, who continually barred them from entering the mall.

Human Rights Tribunal member Lindsay Lyster agreed. In her decision, she says the mall's owner, Henderson Development, and Securigard, the mall's former security company, "established a pattern of systemic discrimination."

It was mall policy to deny access to people who had dirty clothing, open sores and wounds, red eyes, and who were acting intoxicated. Lyster ruled that the policy created practices that had an unfair and discriminatory effect on aboriginal people.

It sounds like a reasonable policy to me, as I know that as a shopper I'd rather not find mysefl with dirty, smelly, bleeding and intoxicated fellow shoppers, but I must be a racist or something then. Not like the good Human Rights Tribunal that pronounced that such a policy "established a pattern of systemic discimination" against Aboriginals.