David Alexander Robertson’s book, The Great Bear back in Durham District School board library

David Alexander Robertson’s book, The Great Bear

By Victoria Gray Writer After two weeks of backlash and criticism, the Durham District School Board (DDSB) has backed down from removing an Indigenous book from its libraries. On April 27 the board released a statement saying the book would be reinstated in libraries and classrooms. “An accelerated review process allowed us to engage in conversations with some members of the local Indigenous community. Those discussions have placed the focus on the importance of making books by Indigenous authors available to students, particularly Indigenous students, based on providing choice. In response to this feedback, we will be returning the books to library circulation,” the statement said. The board had maintained Indigenous families came forward with “concerns” before they removed the book. That reasoning was also updated saying the complaints were…

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