Provinces, territories called on to revamp curriculum to include Indigenous history, languages

July 14, 2021

Several provinces have received new or renewed pressure to revise their curricula to better reflect Indigenous culture, history, and/or languages. In New Brunswick, the provincial history and social sciences curricula have been criticized for being Eurocentric in their content, as well as outdated and insufficient. "I don't think [the current curriculum] gives them the foundation to clearly understand how learning about the past helps them make sense of the world they're living in,” said STU History department chair Karen Robert. NB has announced that it is working on a history curriculum, with hopes that the high school history curriculum will be available in two years. Reflecting on the recent discoveries of unmarked graves at residential schools, First Nations leaders and history teachers in Quebec have called for meaningful history curriculum changes. QC Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière said that reforms to history courses were coming, but did not supply a timeline for expected changes. In Ontario, the Minister of Education announced the province’s history curriculum would be expanded to include “lived experiences,” but Global News reports that some stakeholders have questioned the decision given the cancelled curriculum rewrite in 2018. In Nunavut, several members of the community, including students and teachers, are encouraging the creation of a made-in-Nunavut curriculum, which Coalition of Nunavut DEA Executive Director James Arreak says must be taught by Inuit teachers who can teach in Inuktut. CBC (QC) | Global News (ON) | CBC (NV) | CBC (NB) (National)