Advertisement says that 'being funded or a stay at home mommy are not jobs'
The title of the ad read, "3 bedroom east flat house, no natives please."
The title of an ad Kijiji deemed offensive read, "3 bedroom east flat house, no natives please." (Kijiji)
The text of the ad said newcomers to Canada were welcome, "but aboriginals will not be considered."
When Jeanne Labelle saw the ad, she was shocked and contacted Kijiji to complain.
"I just find it so offensive that somebody would not be able to see deeper than their own prejudices," Labelle said.
The ad, which was offering a 1,000-square-foot home for $1,200 per month, also insisted that renters be working and said that "being funded or a stay at home mommy are not jobs."
First Nations chief sees positive reaction to racist Kijiji ad
Interim FSIN chief Kimberly Jonathan says the response has been 'heartwarming'
Kijiji pulled the ad after a complaint. And there has been a torrent of feedback denouncing the ad.
"If you look at the post and look at the social media, the comments ongoing, people are saying, our society is saying, 'This is not OK.'"
Jonathan said the reaction has been "heartwarming."
"There may be a turning point in Saskatchewan where racism is not acceptable."
Namerind Housing Corporation CEO says many aboriginal people face racism in pursuit of housing
But the president and CEO of an aboriginal-owned housing company calls it a "timesaver."
Robert Byers says many aboriginal people face racism when trying to find a rental home.
"It's frustrating, but it's just something that happens all the time," he said.
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