Residential school curriculum introduced at all NAN schools

October 9, 2013

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) has launched a new residential school curriculum program to be taught in all NAN schools. The curriculum is “designed to bring awareness to the intergenerational impacts the system had on First Nations people and promote awareness in reclaiming language, culture and skills that were lost during that time,” and includes residential school history, a framework with detailed lesson plans for Grades 9-12, and survivor stories from NAN members. NAN officials spent years developing the curriculum, to ensure its accuracy and effectiveness. Although the program is initially set to be launched only at NAN schools, officials hope to reach out to other jurisdictions and Ontario’s Ministry of Education. NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler stated that including residential school history in all schools will help “increase public awareness and help with healing and reconciliation for all Canadians.” Nation Talk | TB News Watch