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Indigenous History, Culture To Be Taught in Schools Across Province

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Indigenous History, Culture To Be Taught in Schools Across Province

Education Minister David Eggen with students in Calgary // Photo via Government of Alberta

The provincial government is releasing its new curriculum focusing on the history of First Nationals, Metis and Inuit in Canada.

Lesson plans have been developed for Grades 1 to 9 in a variety of subjects including, English Language Arts, Fine Arts and Science, and Social studies.

They are available as a resource for teachers to use at discretion of the school jurisdiction, school or teacher.

“It is critical our students understand the history of residential schools, along with the histories and vibrant cultures of Indigenous communities and the role we all have to play in reconciliation,” said David Eggen, Minister of Education, in a release.

Alberta Education is also partnering with different organizations such as the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to make sure school staff have opportunities to deliver this content.

“These new lesson plans will help ensure that Indigenous and non-Indigenous students learn about our shared history as we move forward together along the path of reconciliation,” added Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations.

The curriculum, which was announced on Tuesday, is part of the provinces commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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