Memorial University president apologizes, steps back amid Indigenous claims scrutiny

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.-Amid scrutiny about her claims to Indigenous ancestry, the president of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador apologized Monday for hurt she may have caused by invoking Mi’kmaq heritage. Vianne Timmons said she will take temporary leave as the school’s board of regents considers its next steps through an Indigenous-led roundtable. “While I have shared that I am not Mi’kmaq and I do not claim an Indigenous identity, questions about my intentions in identifying my Indigenous ancestry and whether I have benefited from sharing my understanding of my family’s history have sparked important conversations on and beyond our campus,” Timmons said in a written statement. The scrutiny arose after an investigation published last week by CBC News raised questions about Timmons’ claims that her father’s great-great-grandmother was Mi’kmaq….

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