Aboriginal groups say an Edmonton fraternity’s offensive fundraiser shows that First Nations people still have to deal with negative stereotypes.
The western-themed fundraising event, named "Western Bros and Nava-hoes," was planned by the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was to be held at the Ranch Roadhouse.
“It made me feel, like, demeaned, like less than,” said Gail Gallagher, an Aboriginal Studies student at the University of Alberta.
“It's like culturally appropriating an aboriginal group like the Navajos.”
Gallagher says she complained to the fraternity about the name of the event, which was then changed. The president of the frat called her with an apology.
He added the frat will be working with aboriginal alumni to teach members about culturally sensitivity.
CBC News was unable to reach him for comment.
According to the Ranch, the event was named and planned by the frat. In a message on its Facebook site, the bar apologized to people who complained and said the event had been cancelled.
The president of the U of A’s Native Studies Student Association says the fundraiser may not have been offensive on purpose, but that it's an example of inadvertent stereotypes that aboriginals still come up against.
“There are 500 missing and murdered aboriginal women and some think it's okay for someone to come up with a name they think is clever — 'Nava-hoes' — and that's seriously not okay,” said Kirsten Lindquist.
Lindquist says there should be a place on campus for students of different cultural backgrounds to come together.
“This place, or this building is going to act as this space where aboriginal and non-aboriginal people can learn about the diverse cultures we share.”
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That's right, kids. Put on this velour catastrophe, grab your pimp cane and go put some bitches to work!
"Elton Jon Benet" Costume
What's creepy, offensive, pun-y and completely random? This Halloween disaster.
Sexy "Nemo" Costume
When you were watching "Finding Nemo," didn't you just say to yourself, "Wow, if only he was a hot girl instead of a fish!" Dreams do come true! (From <a href="http://www.yandy.com/Finding-Clownfish.php">Yandy.com</a>)
No more beer for this guy.
"Anna Rexia" Costume
I didn't know that eating disorders were sexy AND hilarious.
"Down For The Count"
People always say that Halloween is an excuse for women to dress like sluts, but from everything we've seen this holiday is an equal opportunity catastrophe. How would explain this costume to your mother, daughter, sister, friends, uncles, bus driver, or mailman? (Thanks for the tip, Jay!)
"Suicide Bomber" Children's Costume
While the other children in this slideshow are paid models for costume sites, this one is not, so we decided to block his face. Suffice to say, he had a creepy look of unadulterated joy on his face leading us to believe his parents are the worst people ever.
"The Shocker" Costume
If you wear this costume you MUST go around all night doing the shocker with both hands just to get the point across that you're a complete douche.
Side note: Those shots he's carrying are totally roofied.
"Rasta Man" Costumes
I wonder how many white frat boys will put on this cartoonish representation of a Rasta? At least the squishy headpiece will soften the blows they will undoubtedly receive.
"Wet T-Shirt" Costume
Is it more degrading to wear this ridiculous shirt with boobs attached, or to just wear a wet, white T-shirt and risk getting on Girls Gone Wild?
"Anita Valium" Costume
When you're wearing a sexy costume to a Halloween party, it's probably a good idea to stay away from sedatives and not bring your own restraints.
"Cell Phone" Costume
Anyone want this guy's number? Didn't think so.
"Leopard Diva" Children's Costume
That's right moms, teach her early on what non-specific "Divas" dress like.
"Zombie Fetus" Costume
When you decide to pull off an extremely creepy costume, it's best to let your attitude match it. Yeah, it's a dead baby but she's cool with it.
"Dept. Of Erections" Costume
When I think Halloween, my mind always goes straight to "Prison Rape"
"Rabbi" Dog's Costume
I'm not sure what social commentary this is trying to say, if any, but somehow it's more offensive because of the little dog.
Children's "Rapper" Costume
Eminem? Run DMC? L.L. Cool J? No, it's billy from down the street looking like a jackass. Sweet tats, though!
"Sperm Man" Costume
I don't get it. What's his superpower? The ability to impregnate women or carry STDs? He didn't need a costume to do that.
Jane Doe DOA
This description speaks for itself (full of typos): "Although she doesnt have much of a personality, she is still drop dead gorgeous in this body bag dress, Im sure you have the personality and in this you will be gorgeous. Stretch satin mini dress with hood and a two way zipper front which can zip all the way up the hood, this is sleeveless and has a vest style finish at the back. One breast has an outline of a body printed on to it an PROPERTY OF THE CORONER. Pack includes Coroners name tag fitted to a choker Jane Doe and matching fingerless gloves. (3 piece set). Fabrics are listed as 95% polyester and 5% spandex. and other accessories are available separately." (Thanks, Belinda!)
The "Biggest Show On Earth"
Nothing says class like wearing a circus tent on your dick. (Thanks for the tip, Karen!)
A Knight To Remember
If you wear this, it's the closest you'll come to seeing one that night.
The world's biggest fan of the band Aqua. (via <a href="http://i.imgur.com/7mKEu.jpg" target="_hplink">Reddit</a>)
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Sexy School Puppy
This is just wrong. (thanks Jane!)
Sexy American Indian
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Slutty Cookie Monster?
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WHY? (Thanks Samantha! <a href="http://www.mycheapcostume.com/" target="_hplink">Via</a>)
"Rub Me" Genie
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