Education systems need to act to ensure change, reconciliation: Opinion

September 29, 2021
The education system needs to provide teachers with education and resources to help them adequately teach about residential schools and reconciliation, write Lisa Korteweg (Associate Professor, Lakehead University), Pauline Tennent (Manager, Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Manitoba), and Tesa Fiddler (Coordinator of Indigenous Education at Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board). While many settler teachers hope for change, write the authors, they may not be receiving direction from their ministries or school boards, and may be hesitant to directly engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. The authors call for the Canadian education system as a whole to ensure that teachers receive appropriate education about Indigenous issues, and to raise awareness of anti-Indigenous racism throughout the school system. “When ministries are not mandating this work of reckoning, repairing and healing by the whole education system, the momentum for teacher accountability in education-as-reconciliation risks being lost, buried and forgotten,” write the authors. The Conversation (National)