Craft chain pulls toy af­ter mom’s com­plaint

The Daily Courier - - NEWS -

WIN­NIPEG — Michaels, the big arts and crafts sup­ply store, is re­mov­ing a toy de­pict­ing cow­boys and In­dige­nous peo­ple from its shelves af­ter a Win­nipeg mother com­plained they were of­fen­sive.

Erin Van­dale, an early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor and mother of four, went to a Michaels out­let in Win­nipeg about two weeks ago to look for fig­urines for her child’s school project.

She stum­bled across a toy called “Wild West,” a 12-piece set of minia­ture fig­urines de­pict­ing cow­boys, pi­o­neers and what the box la­belled as ‘Amer­i­can In­di­ans’ from the 1880s that in­cluded a cow­boy with a gun and an In­dige­nous man with a bow and ar­row.

The chain was ap­proached by CTV News on Mon­day morn­ing and by late af­ter­noon, a com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive told the me­dia out­let that the toy would be re­moved from store shelves across Canada.

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