The woman at the centre of a controversy regarding Deputy premier Eric Robinson’s comments about "do good white people" says that she is not white, and Robinson owes her an apology.
In a release sent out Wednesday morning, Pamela Fox, the owner of the Foxy Shoppe, says Robinson’s comments "will never convince me that trying to do good, so that Osborne House can continue to provide a safe haven from abuse and violence, could ever be wrong."
Fox’s store came under the spotlight after it organized a fundraiser for the Osborne House, which included a burlesque show. The fundraiser prompted an email from Nahanni Fontaine, special adviser on aboriginal women’s issues, to Robinson. In the exchange, a blacked-out section, which is nonetheless readable, has Robinson state "(i)t also further demonstrates the ignorance of do-good white people without giving it a second thought."
Fox said in the release she is angry that skin colour came into question.
"It is incredibly sad, to say the least, that these insulting and demeaning racist, abusive comments and judgments have been made," she stated in the release.
She added that she was "a woman of colour," and that her life had been changed by Osborne House.
"I believe Osborne House was one of the major steps in saving my life. If I had not picked up the phone and called them, I may not [sic] be alive to write this today," she stated in the release.
Fox is demanding an apology from both Robinson and Fontaine for speaking about her without "verifying a single fact." She also stated that the colour of the people who help the Osborne House should have never been an issue.
"The skin colour of those people who work there, who try to support them and of those who will ultimately stay there, is of no consequence. Osborne House is what is important and will remain important until the day that we see an end to domestic violence and any and all forms of violence against women."