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An indigenous Muslim man says he was denied a bank account

TD Bank apologizes to single father Sharif Mohammed Bamji and promises to investigate

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He said Sharif Banji felt empty and worthless after Sally’s TD bank branch refused to apply for a bank account.

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He was turned down because he is both South Asian and indigenous and Muslim, Bhamji said on Tuesday. The bank branch of Clayton Heights told him that his federal status card must be fake, he said.

“It made me feel unequal,” said Sally’s bachelor dad.

The case occurred in May 2021 and Bhamji had not appeared before for a long time, but his proceedings are now being filed with the Commission on Human Rights in Canada.

In an email reply on Tuesday, TD Bank stated that Bhamji’s experience was annoying and provided public acknowledgments and apologies for the “caused wounds.”

Banks will fully cooperate with the human rights process and reach out to Banji to make a personal apology, according to a spokesman.

TD said, “We take this issue very seriously and will fully review what happened. We are the reality of systematic racism and the courage it needs to speak out. I am aware of. “

Mr. Banji said he was grateful for the verification that the apology meant.

“I accept an apology to show that they admit their cheating, as long as it changes (connects),” Bhamji said. “It can’t be a dry apology, it will need to involve some changes in the system, so this won’t happen again to others in the future.”

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Banji’s mother was born in Bella Bella and her father is East Indian. He is as proud of his Heiltsuk ancestors as he is of South Asians.

“Being a Heiltsuk and an East Indian are unique and different,” he said. “I feel very lucky to be who I am. I feel very lucky to be part of such a group of beautiful people.”

A double disappointment for Heiltsuk Nation was the second time in six months that one of the members was treated this way. In December 2019, Maxwell Johnson tried to open a 14-year account at the Bank of Montreal with his granddaughter Tori. -Like an old girl, and Bamji, asked a question on his status card.

Johnson was handcuffed by Vancouver police outside the bank before being released after police confirmed that no crime had been committed.

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Banji avoided the indignation, but Sally RCMP crumpled the refusal note given to the bank and threw it in the direction of Teller, so he visited his house.

Similarly, South Asian officers were sympathetic, Bhamji said. There were no charges and no crimes.

“I was shocked that this was happening again,” said Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk’s chief councilor. “I don’t think the systematic racism experienced by Sharif will really end until an institution like TD recognizes the systematic racial prejudice of banks and begins to listen to the voices of indigenous peoples.”

A status card, like a driver’s license or passport, is considered the primary identification card in Canada.

β€œIt’s disappointing that this happens. Banks look again at the need to ensure that employees are properly trained in cultural awareness and susceptibility,” said Thrett. “There are certainly a lot of unpacking to do there.”

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Discrimination is a matter of course, as the three minorities of South Asia, Muslims and indigenous peoples, Bhamji said.

“This is normal for me. I even take my daughter to the bank or elsewhere, and these people don’t have to deal with so much junk. I don’t treat me as badly as they do, but I can get the same treatment even if I have a daughter. “

What does Bhamji say to his 9-year-old daughter when this happens?

“What I say to my daughter is that sometimes people can’t be kind and we have to learn to do the opposite of what they do,” he says. I did. “I’m trying to teach her to respect herself and others as much as possible.”

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