Craft chain pulls toy after mom’s complaint
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.