The Ontario Government is launching a new initiative to stand with Indigenous students and Indigenous education releasing a new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies curriculum which will span from Grades 9 to 12. The government is committing $3.25 million to help school boards implement the new Ontario First Nations curriculum which will feature a total of ten secondary courses.
According to a Government of Ontario press release, the elective courses will aim to provide students with updated learning about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit culture, history, law, humanities, politics, art and literature. The government funding will also go towards enhancing the ability of educators to support their students in learning about the culture.
"We are committed to ensuring that Indigenous perspectives are present in Ontario's curriculum," explains Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education. "We look forward to continuing strong partnerships with Indigenous leaders and the community, and this represents an important step in our ongoing collaboration."
The initiative is in collaboration with Ontario's Indigenous community members. These include Elders, Métis Senators, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community representatives and residential school survivors.
The aim is to provide secondary students with a better understanding of our country’s shared history by providing a more inclusive narrative and representation of Indigenous people. The revised curriculum will launch in Ontario schools this September. To see the full curriculum, click here.
The government had previously launched Education that Works for You, an effort which aims to improve learning, modernize classrooms and encourage educators to hold true to what matters by better preparing their students for today’s modern world.
The launch of the new curriculum is all a part of the government's plan to fulfill its new vision for education.