'Drunken native' comment rankles Winnipeg aboriginals

David Larkins, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg aboriginal people say offensive comments made online by the wife of mayoral candidate Gord Steeves four years ago simply speak to a greater overall problem.

Lorrie Steeves wrote a Facebook post calling out "drunken native guys," and brought heat upon herself and her husband's campaign in the process.

In a 2010 rant on her Facebook wall, Lorrie went on to say: "We all donate enough money to the government to keep their sorry assess (sic) on welfare, so shut the f--- up and don't ask me for another handout!"

She issued a statement apologizing and saying she felt "terrible about these comments" shortly after they were leaked online Friday.

"I would say 'You try living on only so much a month, you try being an aboriginal," said one woman downtown who didn't want to be named. "I have a university education, I can't get a job. You step in my shoes and tell me how hard it is. That's what I would say to her."

Garrick, who didn't provide his last name, gets work through temp agencies and was furious with Steeves' comments.

"In our minds, it makes us look like garbage," he said. "We go to work. We make our money. So if we don't have our (university) education, we're garbage?"<

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