Ian Campeau admits to using his status against women

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A former member of A tribe called red says he cheated on his wife and exploited her position and popularity to take advantage of other women.

Ian Campeau, also known as DJ NDN (@deejaynndn on Twitter), revealed the indiscretions in a series of tweets on the social media platform on Wednesday.

Campeau did not say what motivated the mea culpa.

“I am a monster but I work so as not to be,” he wrote in the thread. “I am looking for professional help to help me realize the wrongs I have caused to EVERYBODY around me.

“I am so sorry and want to do my best to help heal those I have hurt.”

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Campeau helped found the popular DJ group that mixed electronic music and powwow, and released their self-titled debut album in 2012.

Ottawa musicians were successful early on and left their mark on the music industry, but Campeau left in 2017 for what he said was to pursue social activism full-time and connect with his Anishinaabe culture.

However, it seems he also caused some harm.

“I am sorry to my current and past colleagues for my destructive behaviors and my toxicity,” he said on Twitter.

“I always pretended to be a better person than I was. I will stop taking up space and go to work to improve myself as a man, friend, colleague, family member and community member.

(Jesse Thistle recently had his own controversy on Twitter. Lucie Thistle)

Some of Campeau’s Twitter followers praised him for his honesty. But his wife cut them off.

“Yeah, good job,” tweeted Justine Campeau, who was pregnant and battling cancer as her husband said he was unfaithful.

“Someday let’s begin the praises that created this in the first place.”

Justine did not respond to an interview request. And Ian replied that he had said enough.

“I don’t think I should take up more space,” he replied in an email. “I see counselors and regularly meet with elders.

“I am very sorry for those I have harmed and hope to help alleviate some of the pain I have caused when I learn how to do this.”


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Ian recently took part in a new Facebook Live show called Homies Chat with his friend and author Jesse Thistle, who experienced his own drama on Twitter earlier this month.

Thistle disabled his @michifman account after being accused of making unflattering comments on his bestseller Ashes, a thesis on the fight against addiction and homelessness, lost a major price.

The Métis-Cree author and assistant professor of Métis studies at York University in Toronto is no longer with the Facebook show, which has been marked by a busy schedule.

“There is obviously more to that,” said Alaya McIvor, an advocate for female and two-spirit victims of violence in Winnipeg, of Campeau’s appeal.

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(Alaya McIvor is a two-spirit transgender Aboriginal woman from Manitoba. File)

“It is likely that (alleged) victims have come forward and sent a message to people telling them that they will go ahead with the allegations.”

Ian has admitted to hurting his wife, family, colleagues and community in abusive and emotional ways.

“I would make unwanted advances to women who thought I was a good person. I have done this several times with many people on tour and without consequence or liability. I never hit anyone physically, but I used tactics to exploit, ”he tweeted.

“My ego was too big and protected me from reality. I am very sorry for the victims of my manipulations. I am very sorry for my family for my dishonesty and all the pain I have caused. Especially to my wife whose life I ruined because I was unfaithful when she had cancer and was carrying my baby.

Ian doesn’t identify any of the women and doesn’t explain why he’s showing up now.

McIvor said she hopes these women will have access to healing support like Campeau does.

He pinned the thread to his Twitter account where he said he would accept direct messages with advice on “fixing the problems I caused”.

Ian is the second prominent Indigenous man to post a statement on Twitter about his behavior this month.

Max FineDay, executive director of Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) in Saskatoon, responded to an allegation of abuse of a woman posted on Twitter.

He is now on leave from the youth organization and other boards he was a member of.

(Max FineDay is on administrative leave from Canadian Roots Exchange. Photo CRE)

“Recently, I posted an article on the need to address misogyny, violence and transphobia in Indigenous communities,” FineDay (@MaxFineDay) wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on July 24. I failed in my obligations to others, including her.

“Over the past few years, I’ve held up a mirror to Canadians and challenged them to do better. Now this mirror is held out towards me.

FineDay did not respond to the allegation. He said he asked CRE to determine if he could continue in his role.

“From there, I leave it to CRE’s board of directors to determine how the organization will continue to make people believe across Canada that reconciliation is possible – and if I will be part of that journey.

Two organizations on which he has served on the board – the Broadbent Institute and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses – said in statements that the allegations of abuse and gender-based violence were “concerning.”

CRE said it became aware of the allegations on July 22.

Speak out

Campeau said Maclean’s in 2017, men must report sexual violence.

But McIvor doesn’t want to see them hijack the #metoo online movement for a #hetoo movement.

“I really wouldn’t give a platform to a man who harms women,” she said.

“Because now that would create a platform for many Harvey Weinsteins, for example. We really need to keep the #metoo movement for women. ”

Tanya Talaga, who produces Gossiping homies, also thought of the affected women.

“I would like to send my thoughts to Ian’s wife and children, and my support for healing for everyone involved,” said the President and CEO of Makwa Creative.

“Makwa Creative is owned and run by indigenous women, and our policies and expectations reflect how we strive to live by our cultural teachings. Mr. Campeau is now on leave from Gossiping homies. We ask him to take his responsibilities and make amends in any way. ”

Investigative reporter / Winnipeg


Award-winning journalist Kathleen Martens covers Western and Northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based at APTN Headquarters, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.


    
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