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She claimed to have ancestral ties to the Metis indigenous peoples of Canada, but a recent report revealed that a top health official’s kin more accurately hailed from Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia.

"My name is Morning Star Bear," Carrie Bourassa told a TED Talk audience in 2019 at the University of Saskatchewan, according to the CBC report.

"I’m Bear Clan. I’m Anishinaabe Metis from Treaty Four Territory," she continued, trying to further establish her indigenous credentials.


But Bourassa’s colleagues at the university sensed something was wrong after she added more tribal claims to her story and began dressing in indigenous attire, the New York Post reported.

Carrie Bourassa's claims of indigenous ancestry led to suspensions from two government roles, according to a report. (University of Saskatchewan)

When they pressured Bourassa to provide more substantive proof of her background, she changed her story, claiming to have been adopted by a Metis friend of her grandfather, the report said.

Earlier this month, the Independent of Britain reported that Bourassa had been suspended from her two government jobs after the CBC’s report in October revealed she was White.


She had served as scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Indigenous People’s Health and as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, the Post reported.

Her story has drawn comparisons to previous ancestry claims made by Rachel Dolezal, a former local NAACP activist who claimed to be Black, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who claimed Native American roots until her story failed to hold up.

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US first silver dollar sells for $12million – how to check how much your coins are worth

A DOLLAR coin said to be the first ever struck by the US Mint has sold for a whopping $12million.

The silver dollar coin features the year of 1794 with Liberty’s head staring towards the top right on the obverse.

1Not only is the the rarest silver dollar - but its now the second most valuable coin

The reverse features an eagle with the words “United States Of America” surrounding it.

It was sold by Las Vegas business executive Bruce Morelan to GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California.

GreatCollections president Ian Russell calls the piece “America’s most coveted silver dollar” that was likely seen by founding fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

“A total of 1,758 silver dollars made in Philadelphia on a hand-turned coining press were delivered by the United States Mint to government officials in October 1794," Mr Russell said.

“Only about 140 still survive, and this 1794 silver dollar is the only known specimen-striking, substantially better than the examples in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection and the American Numismatic Association museum.” 

The piece is the “second most valuable rare coin of any kind,” he added.

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In 2013, Mr Morelan bought the 1794 silver dollar for a little more than $10million, which was a record at the time.

It means he's now made an almost $2million profit on the coin.

While the 60-year-old coin collector once called the 1794 silver piece a “lifelong dream”, that hasn’t stopped him from putting it up from auctions in the past.

In 2020, Mr Morelan, who has been collecting coins since age six, failed to sell the coin in a public auction in Las Vegas.

Rare coins

You may be holding something valuable in your wallet. Check out these articles on rare coins to see if you may have a treasure hidden deep in your pockets.

  • Rare Lincoln penny sells for $201
  • This buffalo nickel sold for $1,165
  • 1971 Eisenhower silver coin sells for $264,000
  • Lincoln double die obverse penny sells for $2,000
  • Half cent sells for $3,383
  • Rare nickel sells for $1,956 on eBay
  • 1889 CC Morgan Silver dollar coin sells for $1,850
  • Lincoln 1992 penny can be worth up to $25,000
  • Standing Liberty quarter sells for $565
  • Lincoln coin minted in 2020 sells for $525
How to check how much your coins are worth

While your coins could be quite valuable – it might be a little too ambitious to expect your pieces to sell for millions.

Instead, you might want to temper your expectations to either hundreds or thousands.

That said, you’ll want to check your change for rare nickels, dimes, half dollars, Lincoln pennies, and see what they are worth.

The most valuable coins are usually those with a low mintage or an error, as they're deemed the most valuable by collectors.

To check if your coins are worth anything on eBay, search the full name, select the "sold" listing and then toggle the search to "highest value”.

It will give you an idea of the amount of money that the coin is going for.

You can either choose to sell the coin on eBay or through a specialist site such as Coinappraiser or USA Coin Book.

In other recent coin news, a rare Lincoln penny sold for more than $200 online.

Also, a counterfeit Jefferson nickel sold for more than $400.

Plus, we show you how to find rare coins including ones featuring Lincoln.

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