She claimed to have ancestral ties to the Metis indigenous peoples of Canada, however a latest report revealed {that a} high health official’s kin extra precisely hailed from Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia.

“My name is Morning Star Bear,” Carrie Bourassa instructed a TED Talk viewers in 2019 on the University of Saskatchewan, based on the CBC report.

“I’m Bear Clan. I’m Anishinaabe Metis from Treaty Four Territory,” she continued, attempting to additional set up her indigenous credentials.


But Bourassa’s colleagues on the college sensed one thing was fallacious after she added extra tribal claims to her story and started dressing in indigenous apparel, the New York Post reported.

Carrie Bourassa's claims of indigenous ancestry led to suspensions from two government roles, according to a report. (University of Saskatchewan)

Carrie Bourassa’s claims of indigenous ancestry led to suspensions from two authorities roles, based on a report. (University of Saskatchewan)

When they pressured Bourassa to offer extra substantive proof of her background, she modified her story, claiming to have been adopted by a Metis pal of her grandfather, the report said.

Earlier this month, the Independent of Britain reported that Bourassa had been suspended from her two authorities jobs after the CBC’s report in October revealed she was White.

She had served as scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Indigenous People’s Health and as a professor on the University of Saskatchewan, the Post reported.

Her story has drawn comparisons to earlier ancestry claims made by Rachel Dolezal, a former native NAACP activist who claimed to be Black, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who claimed Native American roots till her story failed to carry up.