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Toronto District School Board Supports Curriculum Recommendations from Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Categories: News Releases

Toronto District School Board Trustees and staff are showing their support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action with a focus on the recommendations around curriculum.

 

In letters addressed to Education Minister Liz Sandals, Trustees, staff, community members and Elders urge the province to develop and implement a mandatory K-12 curriculum that covers residential schools, treaties and the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples in Canada as soon as possible.

 

“In our field of public education, we want to emphasize the importance of honouring these actions for TDSB schools, students and families,” says TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey.

 

Members of the TDSB’s Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee state in their letter, “It goes without saying that, at the TDSB, we believe education is critical in the path towards reconciliation and creating possible places for transformation and justice.”

 

These letters are accompanied by a petition signed unanimously by Trustees in support of implementing the curriculum.

 

Quick Facts

  • The TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre has been developing and implementing Aboriginal programs in TDSB schools since 2006.

  • The Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee is one of the TDSB’s community committees. It is comprised of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Elders and community members, as well as non-indigenous allies.

  • In June 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report and calls to action. This included a recommendation to implement a K-12 curriculum on “residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada,” (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, Section 62.i).

“In collaboration with Elders, communities and external partners, the TDSB is committed to further infusing Aboriginal perspectives across the curriculum.”

- Robin Pilkey, Chair, TDSB

 

“Reconciliation is about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and governments, and the process of telling the truth about our shared histories.”

- Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee



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