AB to include residential school history in K-12 curriculum

April 9, 2014

Alberta’s Minister of Aboriginal Relations Frank Oberle announced last month that all provincial curriculum from kindergarten to grade 12 will now include mandatory lessons on Indian Residential School (IRS) and treaty history. The announcement was made during the final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, held in Edmonton, AB. As part of the new curriculum program, teachers will receive training around residential school history and the perspectives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in AB. "Starting with the youngest members of our society, Alberta commits to residential school survivors, their families and communities, that Albertans will hear your stories and know your truths," said Oberle. Thousands of people gathered for the final of 7 national events, which included statement gathering, traditional ceremonies, sharing circles, performances, art displays, and film screenings. The province of BC submitted documents listing thousands of children who died during the IRS era, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education offered a copy of First Canadians, Canadians First: The National Strategy on Inuit Education as an expression of reconciliation on behalf of the Inuit of Canada. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson announced a year of reconciliation from March 2014 to March 2015, as well as several initiatives designed to educate public employees about Aboriginal history and to create spaces in the city for traditional cultural practices. CTV News | APTN News | CBC (TRC) | Edmonton Sun | ITK News Release | CBC (Iveson)