Waka Flocka is honoring the First Nations of Kanehsatake Indigenous people by canceling show in Canada.
“Waka Flocka is canceled due to the Natives not wanting non-Natives on their territory because of the hurting they are going through. We decided to side with them in solidarity,” Waka’s team announced on Ricky D Event’s Instagram.
Notably, the bodies of 1000 indigenous children have been found in mass grave sites on the grounds of former residential schools once funded by the federal government.
“The discovery of these types of graves was something my colleagues and I had talked about for years. But it was still a shock,” forensic pathologist, Kona Williams, said. “These are my people. Some of those children could be my relatives.”
The history of these gravesites is traced back to the forced assimilation of at least 150,000 Indigenous children who were sent to residential schools to be stripped of their identities. While the existence of these graves has long been known within Indigenous communities, these discoveries this summer have introduced many more to the harsh history of The First Nations.
Waka Flocka has shown respect for ancestry and lineages of Native Americans and caused a bit of controversy in 2017 when he he said, “I have no African descendant in my blood. I’m a Native American. I’m a Cherokee mixed with … Red Tail Indian. And the rest is mixed with European.”
He tried to clear up what he said to deny the gossip that he was disregarding his race. “Even when you say that word, you feel like a slave.” Check out the clip below.