Teacher mis­tak­enly hands out of­fen­sive puz­zle

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NATIONAL NEWS -

MOOSE JAW, sask. — a school di­vi­sion in south­ern saskatchewan is apol­o­giz­ing after a hand­out with of­fen­sive words was mis­tak­enly given to stu­dents.

a Thanks­giv­ing work pack­age sup­plied last week to a Grade 3 class in Moose Jaw had a word search puz­zle in the shape of a teepee. it con­tained “squaw” and “pa­poose,” deroga­tory terms for in­dige­nous women and chil­dren. Prairie south schools said in a state­ment that the teacher gave the ma­te­rial to stu­dents who had com­pleted other work be­fore the long week­end. The teacher had not care­fully pre­viewed the hand­out and was hor­ri­fied to learn of its con­tent Tues­day after a news re­porter called the school di­vi­sion to ask about the puz­zle.

“i feel very badly that this has hap­pened and of­fer my sin­cere apolo­gies,” said Tony bald­win, direc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion for Prairie south.

“as a Treaty 4 per­son, i know the im­por­tance of ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion for stu­dents.”

a photo of the puz­zle was posted on Twit­ter by a Van­cou­ver woman who said the Thanks­giv­ing book­let was given to her cousin’s child at the el­e­men­tary school in Moose Jaw. The Cana­dian Press

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