Starting in September 2020, Grade 11 English within the Grand Erie District School Board will include a focus on Indigenous content and Indigenous authors.
The updated curriculum from the Ministry of Education will include a course on understanding contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit voices.
“Developing content for the course has been a collaborative community effort. Staff from across Grand Erie have worked with community partners over the past year to layer in the local context of Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.”
Sabrina Sawyer, Indigenous Education Lead for Grand Erie
Grand Erie’s decision is in line with several boards across the province also moving to a focus on Indigenous content.
“Grand Erie is fiercely committed to the ideals of equity and inclusion. That includes the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and specifically calls 62 and 63 which recognize the need to build teacher capacity and student understanding.”
Brenda Blancher, Director of Education
Superintendent of Education, Denise Martins says part of the role of educators is to provide an opportunity for students to hear diverse stories of both the country and local community that may have been ignored or overlooked.
“Our goal with this course is to engage all students in developing a better intercultural understanding as a way to build a positive future together. It’s also about showcasing great literature and a rich and wide array of writers to facilitate critical thinking and meaningful discussion in the classroom, which will prepare our students for Grade 12 and beyond.”
Denise Martins, Superintendent of Education
The Grand Erie District School Board represents schools within the City of Brantford, the Counties of Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk as well as secondary students from Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.