Carrie Bourassa, aka. “Morning Star Bear”!
And you thought Elizabeth Warren was bad!
Carrie Bourassa, a public health expert and scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, was suspended this month and is presumably on her way out after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation published a lengthy expose on her background, which, contrary to her increasingly colorful representations, has no connection to indigenous people whatsoever. She is not a member of the Métis nation, as she has long claimed, but the descendant of immigrant farmers who came to Canada from Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
Like so many frauds, she got cocky and pushed the masquerade too far when in 2019 she appeared in full tribal regalia to give a speech at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. “My name is Morning Star Bear,” she said, choking up, as the audience cheered.
‘I was repulsed by how hard she was working to pass herself off as indigenous,” said Winona Wheeler, an associate professor of Indigenous studies at the university, where “Morning Star Bear” is also a professor. So she did a little digging. Bourassa’s minority identity was a long-standing, profitable scam.
Now her story is she had been adopted into the Métis community by an unnamed Métis friend of her deceased grandfather, Clifford Laroque. She says her bond with “her people” are even “deeper than death because the family has taken me as if I was their blood family. In turn, I serve the Métis community to the best of my ability.”
Good luck with that, whatever-your-name-is.