Ontario will be further implementing Indigenous curriculum to schools across the province, beginning next school year.
The province says that contributions, perspectives, cultures and histories of Indigenous Peoples will be added to curriculums across the province, in response to The Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action #62 and #63. The curriculum has been developed with Indigenous partners, and focuses on residential schools, treaties and Indigenous people’s historical and contemporary contributions to Canada.
The revised curriculum includes: Social Studies (Grades 4 to 6) and History (Grades 7, 8 and 10). Ontario has also committed to revising Social Studies (Grades 1 to 3), Geography (Grade 9), Civics and Citizenship (Grade 10) and select senior courses from the Canadian and World Studies (Grades 11 to 12), along with Social Sciences and Humanities (Grades 11 to 12).
Ontario is investing $2.7 million to support capacity building for educators to teach the new curriculum.
“Education is central to moving forward on our shared path towards reconciliation,” says Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education. “This new mandatory curriculum means that every Ontario student will build a greater awareness and understanding of Indigenous histories, cultures and perspectives. That shared understanding is essential as we move forward together,” she said.
In 2014, Ontario sent First Nations and Treaties maps to every elementary and secondary school in the province to help raise awareness about treaties. The announcement coincides with National Treaty Recognition Week, which runs until November 10.
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