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Justin Bieber 'part Indian' and all ignorant, Natives say

Canadian pop star tells Rolling Stone he's Indian enough to get free gas.
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Indy Car driver Danica Patrick (L) and singer/musician Justin Bieber appear onstage to present Best Team at the The 2011 ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Bieber might be part “Inuit or something,” but his recent comments to Rolling Stone magazine are all ignorant, Native Canadians said today.

The 18-year-old teen heartthrob, who was born in Stratford, Ontario, appears on the magazine’s August cover.

Inside, he tells the magazine, “I’m actually part Indian. I think Inuit or something. I’m enough percent that in Canada I can get free gas.”

That’s troubling the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples for a couple of reasons.

First, nobody – native or not – gets free gas in Canada, congress spokeswoman Betty Ann Lavallée said.

“These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal Peoples in Canada struggle with every day,” she said. “It promotes the misconception that we are somehow getting a free ride. This simply is not the case and we are concerned that many people may believe what he said.”

Second, Native Canadians want to know why Bieber doesn't know more about his heritage.

At least he is getting some help on this one; the congress offered to help him trace his roots.

“It’s important for someone to know where they come from, which helps give them a better understanding of where they are going,” Lavallee said.

Toronto’s Museum of Inuit Art reacted by offering free tours in August to help everyone get to know the Inuit (some of the most misunderstood First Nations people in Canada) better.

The free tour offer extends to The Biebs, but one Native Canadian entertainer suggests we skip the drama.

“I know there are a lot of people waging online war against Bieber, inviting him to the communities to come and see the poverty,” Native Canadian comedian Ryan McMahon said recently. “The reality is, our struggles are on the ground, and I always think that is where our focus should go first.”

By the way, gas in the Northwest Territories – where many of Canada’s Inuit reside – is about $1.40 per liter.

Get ready America, that’s about $5.29 per gallon.

Not that Biber needs free gas; he drives an electric-powered Fisker Karma.

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Emile Stevens 8 months ago
As I was researching a grandmother of mine I found myself to be cousins with him. 9th cousin 2x removed to be exact. As digging up every part of this kid's tree was not my goal; if he comes from the same family lines as me there is a chance that he has Grand Cheif Henri Membertou born from 1507-1510, as well as Marie Mathilde Pidicwanmiskwe from 1652 of Abenaki Nation. However he may be related to Michel *adopted Hache dit Gallant, all of which are Miq'maw. Most of us acadians do not have documentation, because in the past the murderous english that our proud country likes to hide made it hard for us to embrace our roots, and be allowed to work to feed and shelter families.