Published:July 6, 2021
An indigenous Alberta lawyer is under social media attack after saying she would help burn down Catholic churches across the country.
And Naomi Sayers said she would be glad to defend anyone charged with arson after setting fire to a church.
“It’s sad what’s happening to @HarshaWalia. But let me be clear, I would help her burn it all down.,” Sayers tweeted on Sunday.
“And that would light our way forward. And also, I would help defend anyone charged with arson if they actually did burn things.”
Sayers was responding to a social media blitzkrieg against Harsha Walia, the head of the BC Civil Liberties Association, who had earlier tweeted ‘Burn it all down’ in a comment on the rash of fires across the West.
Walia on Monday told an indigenous leader her four-word text had been taken out of context.
It’s sad what’s happening to @HarshaWalia.
But let me be clear, I would help her burn it all down.
And that would light our way forward.
And also, I would help defend anyone charged with arson if they actually did burn things.
— Naomi Sayers, Indigenous Female Elite (@kwetoday) July 4, 2021
On her website, Sayers said she “has a broad public law practice with a focus on indigenous law, administrative law (regulatory law), environmental, energy and mining law, criminal law and corporate law.”
She is licensed in both Alberta and Ontario.
One social media user, Dean Skoreyko, of BC, said he will file a complaint with the law societies in both provinces.
“Ps. Burn it all down. Doesn’t literally mean, burn it down. But just in case, I can also defend, both civil and criminal,” Sayers tweets later.
A spree of arson and other acts of destruction have been occurring against Christian churches, focused mostly on indigenous Catholic congregations. The acts range from petty vandalism to lighting fires in or around the churches, destroying many.
As of publication, there have been at least 23 attacks against churches – including at least five completely destroyed by fires, at least three damaged by fires, and more than 15 vandalized to varying degrees.