Aboriginal content within the Island K-12 curriculum is increasing, says Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie.
“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made recommendations related to public education, and Prince Edward Island schools have made progress on one of those recommendations,” said Minister Currie. “Our K-12 social studies curriculum includes more than 75 outcomes directly related to Aboriginal culture and issues. In addition to that, two courses now include the history of Indian Residential Schools.”
The English Grade 9 social studies course now covers the history of Indian Residential Schools, including the intergenerational impact of this legacy. Grade 9 teachers are receiving professional development related to teaching this part of our curriculum. The French Grade 10 history course also incorporates the history of Indian Residential Schools.
The Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture is collaborating with UPEI, MCPEI, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to plan a Truth and Reconciliation Education Day for 2500 students in Grades 5-12 in December.
“We recognize that learning about Aboriginal perspectives is essential for all Islanders, because the Aboriginal narrative is part of our Canadian heritage,” added Minister Currie. “We will continue to infuse indigenous perspectives in our classrooms as we renew our curriculum.”
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy. For more information, visit http://umanitoba.ca/nctr/