Video of Inuk woman plucking bird on Montreal metro train goes viral
“It’s not like we get to eat our country food every day”
A young woman from Nunavik has grabbed the public’s attention after she reportedly plucked and ate a bird on a busy metro train in Montreal earlier this month.
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal has been investigating the July 1 incident since another passenger on the metro filmed the woman and contacted police.
The video, shot from a distance, shows a woman hunched over, apparently plucking feathers from a bird while nearby passengers get up and move away.
Some people were disgusted by the incident, said police spokesman Manuel Couture.
Police have since been looking to identify the woman, concerned that she may be someone who needs assistance, he said.
The bird-plucker identified herself on social media as Christina David, a young woman from Kangiqsujuaq who is now living in Montreal.
In a Facebook post July 25, David said she was surprised to see the incident had made the local news.
“It’s not like we get to eat our country food every day,” she wrote. “I was so happy that I didn’t care where I was at the moment but all I have to say is that I ain’t crazy.”
It’s not clear what kind of bird David had with her that day, although she added that she was not eating the animal raw, as had been reported.
Montreal police have said the woman could face a charge of disturbing the peace, because the incident upset passengers around her.
But Couture acknowledged that plucking and eating an animal in public could be a common activity in other cultures. And if that’s the case, there’s a good chance she wouldn’t face any charges, he said.
“All I have to say is that I will always be an Inuk, no matter where I am,” David wrote.