Queen’s University in Kingston released a statement denouncing an anonymous report circulating online, which asserts that some faculty and staff who identify as Indigenous are falsifying their heritage, particularly as Algonquin People.
The report was initially shared throughout social media, on platforms such as reddit and facebook. The report garnered a strong reaction from many in the community.
“We reject the anonymous document in question, which is misleading and contains factual inaccuracies including some genealogical information of individuals named in the document,” said Mark Erdman, a Queen’s University spokesperson.
The report alleges that a staff member had concerns about multiple faculty members who were alleging falsifying their indigenous heritage. The report names six faculty who they claim do not have any indigenous heritage.
Queen’s says it is now investigating the origins and the nature of the document and “will take what action it may deem appropriate to support those whose professional reputations are being maligned.”
The university also says it stands by the faculty members mentioned. “The university respects and trusts the Indigenous protocols used to identify those it considers Indigenous. The individuals identified in the document are welcome, active, and respected members of the Indigenous and academic communities within the university,” wrote the university.
The report appears to include primary sources to support its claims, but YGK News has been unable to verify the authenticity of the report.