Canadian publisher recalls Grade 3 workbook after Indigenous history section criticized

October 18, 2017

The Popular Book Company Canada, a Canadian publisher based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, has been criticized for an educational workbook that ‘whitewashes’ Indigenous history. The book reportedly states that First Nations peoples agreed to make room for European settlers, while critics point out that First Nations people were forced off their land. “While we cannot undo what has already been published, we are committed to making things better for future editions,” the publisher stated. NationTalk reports that many parents and community members believe that the error should not have happened in the first place. “If it’s taught to the non-Indigenous community, then they think that we actually wanted to be on reserves – reserves which are desolate and uncared for – so it’s our fault,” said Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre Executive Director Jennifer Dockstader. Global News (CP) | NationTalk