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Ontario To Strengthen Mandatory Indigenous Learning in School Curriculum

In 2021-22, the ministry is providing $23.96 million in Indigenous Education funding to support First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous students as part of a broader government commitment to reconciliation.

The Ontario government’s work will ensure that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous perspectives are reflected throughout the province’s curriculum. Currently, the province’s curriculum includes mandatory learning in Social Studies, Grades 4-6, and History in Grades 7, 8, and 10, including mandatory learning on residential schools in Grades 8 and 10, introduced in 2018.

The Ministry of Education announced a commitment to complete the full spectrum of learning across the elementary curriculum, addressing the current gap between Grades 1 and 3 by September 2023. Ministers Lecce and Rickford outlined Ontario’s education plan to strengthen Indigenous learning through a meaningful co-development process with Indigenous partners, Elders and Knowledge Holders, including:

  • Mandatory Indigenous-focused learning added to the Social Studies, Grades 1-3 curriculum, including exploring opportunities for new learning on:
  • the role of family and resilience in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and nations;
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit historical and contemporary realities; and
  • Indigenous peoples’ interrelationship with the land.

In addition, the Ministry of Education recently approved sustainable, multi-year funding agreements for an investment of $3.19 million over three years to strengthen existing partnerships with the Chiefs of Ontario and First Nation Provincial Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and provide stable funding for the length of the agreement.

This investment will support reconciliation and student success with the goal of promoting higher graduation rates and transitions into post-secondary and employment opportunities for First Nation students.

The government will continue to support targeted initiatives to improve outcomes for Indigenous students and to build the knowledge of all students and educators regarding Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions.

Learn more about how the government is committed to ensuring every Indigenous student across the province is supported with access to culturally safe learning opportunities: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000904/ontario-to-strengthen-mandatory-indigenous-learning-in-school-curriculum