Hours after learning of a petition calling on a well-known local costume shop to pull outfits described as appropriating Indigenous culture, McCullouch’s Costume and Party Supplies has taken action.
A petition was started through Change.org, calling on the Dundas Street shop to stop selling Indigenous headdresses and accessories like toy bow and arrows, tomahawks and even a peace pipe.
Suze Morrison started the petition on Change.org after visiting the Dundas Street shop on Wednesday and noticing Indigenous headdresses and accessories like toy bow and arrows, tomahawks, and peace pipes for sale.
ALSO – THANK YOU to McCulloch's for listening and acting promptly and from a place of genuine learning and a good heart. Miigwech! #ldnont
— Suze Morrison (@DelSuze) October 19, 2016
Rose McCulloch owns the shop and notes she was approached about the costumes.
“There was a young lady in the store yesterday who was quite angry and made her wishes quite clear and I said that I would take it under advisement.”
After hearing about the petition on AM980 Wednesday morning, she and her husband decided to take the costumes down.
“We’ve been doing this since 1962. We’ve never had this issue before. McCulloch’s has never wanted to offend anyone. At this point, my husband and I who own the business, we have made the decision to pull all the costumes and accessories off of our walls.”
Suze Morrison started the petition and tells AM980 she appreciates that they acted quickly.
“To take the action, to take the right next step really shows that they’re open to listening to the community and being a respectful business so I really want to commend them for that.”
Morrison also suggests that Londoners make sure that Halloween is fun for everyone and make a conscious decision to avoid costumes that perpetuate stereotypes or appropriate culture.