One employee forwarded the vulgarly worded email, which made fun of aboriginal and black people, to a colleague. That person then accidentally sent it to all 180 Parks Canada workers in the field unit at Riding Mountain National Park in western Manitoba.
Parks Canada deletes 'joke' from system--Immediately disciplines workers involved
By Geoff Kirbyson
Nahanni Fontaine, SCO's director of justice, said the offensive email reinforces that racism is not on the decline in Manitoba.
"It's not just an email, it's symbolic of the whole colonial history that says it's OK that we're less than (those of other ethnic backgrounds) and to make fun of us... but it's not.
For every racist e-mail that gets discovered "accidentally," there are probably many more that don't. Not to mention all the "water cooler" comments and so forth. If people feel they can safely e-mail racist "jokes" at work, the whole environment may be tainted.
For more on racist e-mails, see Frago Apologizes for Racist E-Mails and Racist "Jokes" Are No Jokes.