A B.C. school district is reportedly under investigation following a viral TikTok video about a residential school assignment given to a grade six class.
An Indigenous parent, Krista Macinnis, was shocked when her 11-year-old daughter came home with an assignment to list the "positive experiences with residential schools," according to her now-viral TikTok video.
Narcity has reached out to Krista Macinnis and the Abbotsford school board for comment and we will update this story when we receive a response.
According to CTV News, this took place at William A. Fraser Middle School and the school district has now launched an investigation. The district reportedly reached out to the outraged mother to apologize and also ask that she take her post down.
This is the homework that my daughter was sent home with in grade six from a school that is aware that she is Aboriginal. We are First Nations, we live in Canada, and this is what they’re sending.
She recited the assignment, "Write at least five positive stories or facts about the residential schools from at least three different websites."
Macinnis said the school was "whitewashing" the genocide and monstrosities that Indigenous people went through and "not teaching them the truth."
She asked her followers if they could name positive things about the Nazis and concentration camps or slavery. "This is not okay," she continued.
According to CBC News, the Abbotsford School District superintendent Kevin Godden said this was not acceptable and called the assignment “a disservice to the district's commitment to truth and reconciliation.”
The mother has made several follow up videos on her TikTok account after the original gained tons of traction.