Canadian Children’s Book Teaches Natives Willingly “Moved out” For Europeans

Canadian Children’s Book Teaches Natives Willingly “Moved out” For Europeans

Posted By Jazmyn Espinoza-Church January 30th, 2018 Last Updated on: January 30th, 2018

Facebook erupted after one mom brought an issue to the public's attention.

She bought her 8 year old an educational book on Canadian curriculum and was horrified at what she found.

The section on Canadian history wrongfully explained that when European settlers landed in the Americas they needed a place to stay so “the first nations people agreed to move” and willingly gave up their land.


Hundreds of years of oppression, genocide, and forced removal of Firsts Nations people says otherwise.

The post, taking in thousands of shares and hundreds of disgusted comments read:

“…….Excuse me. Why are companies able to publish such blatant LIES in children’s Notebooks?!?! Not impressed at all.  I had to explain to an 8 year old why I was so uneasy about this.

How many more books,lessons etc are out there – like this!?

This is why the MAJORITY of people are so clueless when in comes to the reality of the suffering, oppression and INJUSTICE that First Nations (Aboriginal) Peoples have been subjected to for DECADES!

How are people suppose to begin TRYING to heal when the future leaders of our country are being exposed to this non-sense… a biased, minimized account of an on going issue that holds so much pain.”

Clarification : This is not given by schools. (Nor did I say it was) It is sold in multiple places as a “supplement” to be worked on outside of the school setting. Still not okay. Something to be brought to the attention of the publisher .

For anyone looking to contact the publisher:

Popular Book Company (Canada) Limited

15 Wertheim Court
Units 602-603
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4B 3H7

Tel: (905) 731-9827
Toll-free: 1-(844) 731-9827

Fax: (905) 731-8499
Toll-free Fax: 1-(844) 731-8499

E-mail: [email protected]

Misrepresentation of the history of First Nations and Native American people is a huge issue.

What are your thoughts on the publication of this?

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About Jazmyn Espinoza-Church

Jazmyn Espinoza-Church is a bestselling Native American Author, advocate for Native youth, and freelance journalist. When she's not writing or mentoring she can be found in her Michigan home, hanging out with her fiance and two sons.

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Brittany McLeod

Saw this on Costco yesterday and sure happy we did not purchase this. A teaching tool that is outdated, full of lies and clearly tasteless..shall be sharing this with everyone I know NOT to purchase.

Julie Morry

Yes this is not true our Natives, my parents were forced to attend mission schools beaten some died for speaking our language. Natives were traded 2 Natives per 1 African American, we had to fight to hunt our own lands. I’m happy to live in AK during this COVID-19 after watching all the Caucasians (sp) stuck inside over crowding stores I’m glad we got to go for walks, exercise outside and live normal lol they don’t teach you how to survive sort of hilarious watching them had no where to go lmfao!

Mary Beth Bruce

Is there an update to this story? Did the publisher make any changes and apologize? I was about to write them a letter but decided to check when this article came out and I see it was 2 years ago. I’ll write them a letter if this problem hasn’t been resolved.


My ancestors were starved , moved to swamps n beaten in residential schools or even killed, that’s the real native history, I can go back even more.

Popular Book Company

Thank you very much for writing about this matter. The editorial was adjusted back in November 2017. None of our current workbooks make the same reference.

Having said that we understand and are deeply apologetic about the pain caused by the content in previous editions of our workbooks. To correct this painful mistake and the misrepresentation of the history of Indigenous Peoples within Canada, we worked 2 1/2 years ago with Indigenous educators and communications experts to completely rewrite all our workbooks from an Indigenous perspective, with Indigenous writers and knowledge-keepers creating the textual content in areas relevant to Indigenous histories and representation.

All new editions of our workbooks now contain the material which was written and approved by the Indigenous educators we hired and consulted with throughout this process with the help of Beesum Communications.

We also pledge to continue these efforts with all future content, so that we can avoid the publication of any material that could be damaging to Indigenous Peoples, or any other groups within Canada. You deserve better, and we are committed to delivering this in our content and products. As a company, our intentions are to provide positive, accurate educational products to Canadians, and your voices have helped guide us onto the right path to be able to successfully, accurately, and respectively do this.

Please feel free to reach out with any other concerns you may have, and we thank you for voicing your thoughts with us in any way that can help us further correct this issue and do better in the future. Should you have any further queries, you may also contact Melissa Juliette Mulligan at [email protected].

Thank you. – Popular Book Company

John Melland

It’s of course an offensive lie! I hope that they will recall these and fix the mistakes! I believe that the truth is and should be, the only allowable history to be taught! In my opinion, I would like to see Native American history taught by the tribes especially but also in the schools. Covering the diversity of the tribes from coast to coast.

Deborah Dockery



This is a clear indication to the word “systemic” when used in reference to an overall bias or stereotype, against Indigenous Peoples. Every level of government, education, and organized authority in Canada is to some degree, “steeped” in their ignorance of the Truth of what Indigenous people have gone through for over 400 years! (This didn’t begin with Residential schools, it reaches much farther back than that.) It’s up to our people and those who support us, to teach and support Truth and Reconciliation. However, There is good reason to Hope! Governments, Education and many individuals have begun to do many good things to change this, but together, we have a long way to go! Let’s keep pushing past these oversights and Teach! Teach! Teach! @Asonkanihkewak


Recall these books! They are full of lies.

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