Recall “embarrassing” edition of CP Stylebook full of errors on Inuit, says journalism professor

January 10, 2018

The 18th edition of the Canadian Press Stylebook contains a section on Inuit that is reportedly replete with errors, and Carleton University adjunct research professor John Kelly has called on the publisher to recall all copies immediately, no matter the cost. “It's embarrassing to say the least,” said Kelly, a professor with Carleton’s School of Journalism. “At [Carleton] ... the Stylebook is kind of the Bible, we follow it to the letter.” The passage containing the errors reportedly came from a style guide produced by Journalists for Human Rights. JHR Program Manager Lenny Carpenter accepted full responsibility for the mistakes and expressed disappointment in the errors. CP Stylebook editor James McCarten was also apologetic for the “oversight,” but said that he had no plans of recalling the estimated 3,000 copies. “I know this document, this style guide was put forward with the best intentions," said Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatamim, the largest Inuit organization in the country. “The implications are far and wide if a style guide is being used that isn't 100 per cent correct in the way that it articulates Inuit.” CBC