Education ministers agree to include residential schools in curriculum

July 25, 2013

Earlier this month, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) met for their annual meeting in Nunavut, the first time the meeting was held in Canada’s newest territory. Nunavut premier and minister of education Eva Aariak encouraged the ministers to take action regarding the inclusion of residential school history in school. The ministers agreed that “education can promote reconciliation and mutual understanding,” and resolved to address the ongoing legacy of residential schools in Canada by including the subject in curricula across all provincial and territorial school systems. The ministers also agreed to focus on the success of indigenous students, beginning with early learning opportunities. The ministers have agreed to work to improve collaboration among all education partners, including the federal government, and stated the need for the federal government to fulfill funding responsibilities to indigenous education. CMEC News Release | Nunatsiaq Online