Webcast canceled after host, former Tribe Called Red member Ian Campeau admits using power to exploit women


One of the hosts of Gossiping homies, an interview-style webcast run by Indigenous people, is on recess after admitting on Twitter “unacceptable” behavior towards women, saying “I’m a freak but I work to not be.”Ian Campeau, who plays as DJ NDN and is a former member of Ottawa’s DJ group A Tribe Called Red, took to Twitter on Wednesday to apologize for the behavior he deemed “completely unacceptable” towards his wife and other women.

In the Twitter thread, Campeau said: “I abused my position of stature and power in the dynamics of interactions with women.”

He said he made unwanted advances to women, used “tactics to exploit the emotional labor and physical comfort of women” and “was unfaithful” while his wife was pregnant and battling cancer.

The final tweet said that Campeau would no longer be on social media but would keep his Twitter account active and direct messages open, “so people would send a private message to anything I could do to help fix the issues that I” have caused ”.

Campeau had previously spoken out against sexual assault and removed misogynist music from his playlists while still a member of a tribe called Red and after leaving the group in 2017.

Campeau did not respond to a request for comment.

Gossiping homies Co-host Jesse Thistle said he learned of the allegations against Campeau via an Instagram account posting about his alleged actions.

“I showed him the thing and asked him what it was, and that’s the last time I heard of it,” Thistle said.

“And then he made a statement. “

Jesse Thistle is the author of From the Ashes and co-hosted Homies Chatting. (CBC)

Thistle said he informed the Gossiping homies production crew, he was leaving the show on July 14 due to his busy schedule and fall teaching commitments.

He also said he wanted to withdraw from the situation with Campeau and no longer be associated with him.

“I’m just going to mind my own business, do my thing.” I hope he gets better and find what he needs to do, ”Thistle said.

“But I can’t support him, I can’t be in his corner during this time. ”

Thistle’s book, Ashes, was vying for this year’s CBC Canada Reads Book Battle. Following his elimination from the competition, he had a series of online clashes.

Thistle has also moved away from social media, disabling his Twitter account.

“On leave” from the webcast

Gossiping homies was produced by production company Makwa Creative, owned by author and journalist Tanya Talaga.

In a statement, Talaga said Makwa Creative recently learned of concerns about Campeau’s past behavior.

“Makwa Creative is owned and run by indigenous women, and our policies and expectations reflect how we strive to live by our cultural teachings,” the statement read.

In an Instagram post on Friday night, the show’s producers announced it was ending.

“We want to thank everyone who has built this community with us, and all the amazing guests who came to speak on the show,” one reads in the past.

The producers said they stand behind all of the women and people who have been affected and that they hope the team can continue in a new way in the future.


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