Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saganash Apologizes for Plagiarism in Globe and Mail Op-Ed on Canada 150

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saganash Apologizes for Plagiarism in Globe and Mail Op-Ed on Canada 150

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Saganash apologizes for plagiarism in op-ed

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OTTAWA - NDP indigenous affairs critic Romeo Saganash apologized Tuesday for having plagiarized portions of a recent newspaper column about Canada's 150th anniversary.

The column appeared in the Canada Day edition of the Globe and Mail under the headline, "150 years of cultural genocide: Today, like all days, is an insult."

In a statement, Saganash said he takes complete ownership for the omission.

"In drafting my letter on my thoughts on Canada 150, a mistake was made by which ideas that were expressed by someone else were not given proper credit," Saganash said. "I take full responsibility for this omission."

The oversight offers an important lesson, he added.

"We should all make every effort to ensure that we give full credit for ideas," Saganash said. "For too long, Indigenous people have been without a voice and therefore I apologize for not giving the authors the credit they are due."

In an editor's note published at the bottom of the column Tuesday, the newspaper said an earlier version of the column did not properly attribute work by two other writers. …

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