A last-minute cancellation of curriculum writing sessions aimed at introducing more Indigenous knowledge and history into Ontario classrooms, in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action, has been met with disappointment and frustration by Indigenous educators.
Indigenous educators and Elders were supposed to convene in Toronto starting on Monday for the first of two writing sessions that would address revising the Ontario curriculum.
A message went out to the TRC curriculum writing team members on Friday that the Ministry of Education would be cancelling all summer curriculum writing sessions.
“I’m extremely disappointed; it’s a pivotal part in our history to be able to move forward,” said Shy-Anne Bartlett.
“The old education system definitely did a lot of cultural misappropriation this was our chance and our opportunity to bring to the table something that was authentic and real, teaching our children the accurate histories of Canada.”