The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has apologized for a job posting it admits contained language "offensive in nature" to indigenous people.
The listing for an administrative assistant was posted on June 30. According to the Regina Leader Post, a line in the ad read:
"As the Native person does not understand our rules, regulations, policies, procedures or internal structure they should not be expected to live around or according to them. It is the responsibility of the Administrative Assistant to conform to the needs of the client. ”
— Alexa Huffman (@AlexaHGlobal) July 6, 2016
The posting stayed online until it was taken down Tuesday.
"The RQHR is extremely sorry that an error of this nature was made," said Mike Higgins, vice president of human resources at the health region, according to the Post.
— Brandon Gonez (@brandongonez) July 6, 2016
The health authority explained in a statement posted to Facebook that the ad originated from an "obsolete job description" which has since been pulled.
“It in no way represents our position with respect to inclusion and diversity in our organization,” it read.
‘Evidence racism exposed’
The ad was based off another posting from 2003, according to Global News.
One student from First Nations University told the broadcaster the posting made him feel "bad inside."
Elder Noel Starblanket, who teaches sensitivity training at the University of Regina, told Global this is proof that racism exists today.
"They hide it, you know they hide it very well. And this one got away on them and it got found out," he said.
The health region said it will take "appropriate corrective action" once an investigation is complete.