Statement Regarding Susanna Moodie ESL Teaching Guide

September 18, 2017

Second Story Press would like to address the comments and concerns expressed about the ESL Teaching Guide that Second Story Press made available as a resource for the book Susanna Moodie: Roughing it in the Bush, published in 2016.

We take very seriously the criticisms of this guide and sincerely apologize for the hurt and offence we have caused. The guide has been removed from our website, as have the other guides that contain content relating to Indigenous history, peoples, and communities. As has been recommended, they will be thoughtfully reviewed and evaluated.

It saddens us that we have caused pain to anyone. Second Story Press has had the honour of working with several Indigenous authors, educators, and communities. We value those relationships highly. We are taking what we are learning now as an opportunity to evaluate our current resources and practices and to guide us moving forward. More than ever we understand the importance of including Indigenous expertise and voices to better reflect Indigenous experiences. We are committed to making that an integral part of our editorial processes going forward.

Finally, we appreciate the efforts made by everyone who called attention to the guide, particularly the family in Vancouver, British Columbia, who were so hurt by the use of the resource in the classroom. Again, we truly apologize.


Margie Wolfe, Publisher, and the staff at Second Story Press

SSP Intern