Interesting story out of Edmonton illustrating the dangers of censorship and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Apparently, the Edmonton Public School Board prepared a “books to weed out” list relating to books and stories about First Nations. Well, no surprise there, school boards have been banning books since time immemorial.
Mind you, David Alexander Robinson, an award-winning Aboriginal writer, was somewhat taken aback to find his books – dealing with, amongst other things, residential schools – on the list. No doubt it would come as a surprise to a number of the other award winning Aboriginal writers on the list Hmm, isn’t giving exposure to Aboriginal voices the sort of thing that school boards are supposed be in favour of?