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VIDEO: Indigenous man says he's sick of being followed around at Giant Tiger

Ezekial Bigknife is shown in an image grab from a video posted to Facebook. An Indigenous man who shot a video that appears to show him being followed at a Giant Tiger in Regina says he made the recording because he's sick of being trailed every time he shops at the store.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-YouTube-Zeke Bigknife
November 27, 2017 - 12:59 PM

REGINA - An Indigenous man who shot a video that appears to show him being followed at a Giant Tiger in Regina says he made the recording because he's sick of being trailed every time he shops at the store.

Ezekial Bigknife says the same employee has followed him every time he goes grocery shopping at the store.

The video, which was posted to Facebook on Friday, has left commenters accusing the employee of racial profiling.

Head office for Giant Tiger apologized to Bigknife in writing and verbally on Saturday, and said it had suspended the loss prevention employee while the retailer investigates.

Bigknife says he doesn't think that's enough.

He wants a direct apology from the north Regina store and better training for its employees.

"I just got so sick of it — so sick of putting up with that and being followed around and stuff," he said. "I just wanted to record it to show people what I was going through and what’s been happening."

The young father, who works as a drywaller, said he and his family live a block away and are frequent shoppers. Since the beginning of October, they’ve been followed around seven times, he said.

"I think it's just a racial thing because there were plenty of other people he could have followed. I don't know why he would have just followed me and singled out me every time I go there," Bigknife said.

"It feels like I'm doing something wrong when I know I'm not. I shouldn't have to feel uncomfortable when I'm shopping at a public establishment."

He suggested the north Regina location needs to train its loss prevention workers "to be more discreet and not single out somebody that’s a regular customer."

In a news release Saturday, Giant Tiger said it was aware of the situation and that "the video in question is a direct contradiction of our brand values as well as our policies and should never have occurred."

Bigknife is concerned about what will happen after the investigation.

"Who's to say when he gets back on his job, he's not going to do that to someone else and make them feel the same way? I feel as though he should lose his job over this incident because nobody should have to go through that."

Bigknife said he was expecting an update from Giant Tiger on the status of the investigation on Monday.

(CJME)

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