Offensive worksheet prompts audit, discipline at Niagara-on-the-Lake school

A teacher at St Davids Public School in Niagara-on-the-Lake is facing discipline after distributing a colouring sheet with an offensive caption on it. “You go through a little bit of emotions very quickly,” said Tracee Smith, a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and founder of the educational program Outside Looking In, who discovered the handout crumpled up in her four-year-old son’s backpack. “We still have teachers using this material and not realizing how hurtful it can be. You’ll hear the term ‘Indian’ used in very racist, hurtful ways from mostly non-Indigenous people, from the past.” School principal Carl Glauser sent an email to parents apologising for the material after the handout was reported to the school and the District School Board of Niagara, and CBC reports that the principal is conducting an audit of all materials used in that particular grade. The handout was reportedly not an approved part of the school curriculum and was brought in as supplementary material by the teacher.

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