Thursday, November 9, 2017

Indigenous history, culture now mandatory part of Ontario curriculum

From left, Ontario Regional Grand Chief Isadore Day, Hayley Williamson, Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, Lauri Hoeg, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister David Zimmer, Pamala Agwa and her two daughters at the announcement of changes to Ontario's curriculum at Milliken Mills High School in Unionville, Ont. (Rhiannon Johnson/CBC) 

Ontario will incorporate the contributions, histories, culture and perspectives of Indigenous peoples into a revised curriculum for all students in the province, the education minister announced Wednesday.

Mitzie Hunter made the announcement at Milliken Mills High School in Unionville with David Zimmer, Ontario's Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

"As part of Ontario's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, our commitment was to bring learning about First Nation, Mé​tis and Inuit people [into] Ontario's education curriculum," said Hunter.

The announcement was made in conjunction with Ontario's Treaties Recognition Week.

"This is about recognizing the role of treaties; this is about bringing education into the classroom for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students," said Hunter...

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