Home Depot pulls Inuksuk garden statue over cultural appropriation concerns

By Jeff Pelletier  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Home Depot is removing an Inuksuk garden ornament from its store shelves after an Inuk customer raised concerns that the product appropriated Inuit culture. Josh Pamak, who is originally from Nain in Nunatsiavut but now lives in Halifax, said he saw the item while he was shopping for gardening supplies. The product was labelled as an “Inukshuk,” measuring 69 centimetres tall and with a $99 price tag. Edmonton garden decoration company Angelo Decor is listed as the manufacturer. Pamak said his first reaction on seeing the product was that he thought it was neat. But after some thought, he had a change of heart. “It’s a bit disheartening to see a major corporation like Home Depot selling something like an Inuksuk that comes…

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