Call to Action # 63

We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including:

  • Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools.
  • Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history.
  • Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
  • Identifying teacher-training needs relating to the above.

Why “In Progress”?

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and Canadian Association of School Boards have multiple initiatives underway with concrete commitments to revise K-12 curriculum in every province and territory. The Canadian School Boards Association: “Provincial Education Agreements with First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) & New Curriculum 2018” has been updated.

A poll released by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Assembly of First Nations and Abacus Data on June 15, 2021 shows that the majority of Canadians believe governments are not doing enough to teach students about the legacy of the residential school system.

  • 62 percent of Canadians believe that provincial education curricula do not include nearly enough about residential schools,
  • 65 percent believe the level of education around residential schools should increase.
  • 70 percent of survey respondents say that the framing of residential schools has been downplayed in the education system.

Current Status

In Progress

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July 13, 2023

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