ON to introduce new Grade 1-3 curriculum, invest in supports for Indigenous students

October 6, 2021
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be introducing a new mandatory Grade 1-3 social studies curriculum, which includes the residential school system, the Indigenous relationship to the land, and Inuktitut as a language option. Joanne Meyer, the chief operating officer of the Métis Nation of Ontario, said that these changes would align the curriculum with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. “This would ensure that age-appropriate mandatory curriculum content pertaining to residential schools, treaties and the lives of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples is made available to all students,” said Meyer. ON will also be investing over $23M in a variety of supports for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. The supports will include increased funding for 15 Alternative Secondary School Sites, investments in strengthening existing partnerships between the Chiefs of Ontario and First Nation Provincial Territorial Organizations, and supports for MNO’s collaborations with school board administrators and educators in integrating Métis knowledge into Indigenous education programs and initiatives. CBC | CTV News | Global News | ON (ON)