Chiefs, elders, educators express disappointment at ON cancellation of curriculum development sessions

July 25, 2018

Several chiefs, elders, educators, and community members have expressed grave concerns and disappointments with the new Ontario government’s decision to cut summer sessions focused on developing educational curriculum on Indian Residential Schools. “We have heard from many educators, Elders and knowledge keepers and share their frustration as this important work was dropped just before it was set to begin,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. “This is a step backwards on our journey towards reconciliation. The education of the youth in Ontario shouldn’t be dictated by the party in power, but left to professionals who acknowledge that identity-building is the only positive move forward.” Jodie Williams, co-chair of the First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario, added that the government’s decision betrays the province’s commitment to reconciliation. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation is reportedly in the process of learning the reason for the cancellations. Nation Talk | Yahoo News (1) | Yahoo News (2)