Ontario education ministry cancels work on Indigenous curriculum

Ontario’s Ministry of Education has cancelled a project to update provincial curriculum documents with Indigenous content.

Curriculum-writing sessions that were set to begin on Monday were halted at the last minute, according to multiple Indigenous educators who expected to be involved in the work.

One of the sessions involved revising curriculum in response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The previous government of Kathleen Wynne comitted in 2016 to update course content at the elementary and secondary levels — including social studies, history, geography and civics — to teach all students about the legacy of residential schools.

Indigenous educators and elders were to travel to Toronto to participate in the curriculum revision project over the next two weeks, but team members received emails on Friday afternoon telling them the plan was cancelled.

Although the new government of Premier Doug Ford says it did not order the cancellation, a statement from Education Minister Lisa Thompson suggests the move was made by the bureaucracy to cut costs.

“In keeping with the commitment Premier Doug Ford made to run government more efficiently, all ministries will seek to carry out initiatives in the most cost-effective way possible,” said a statement issued Monday by Thompson’s office.

The statement confirms the ministry cancelled three curriculum writing sessions, including those on: TRC curriculum revisions, American Sign Language, and Indigenous languages in kindergarten.

“The ministry moved ahead with the cancellation unilaterally, with no direction from the minister of education.”

Thompson’s statement did not address a question from CBC News about what cost savings the cancellation generated.

The ministry “will continue to move ahead with”  the curriculum revisions related to the TRC, said Thompson, but did not indicate when that would happen.

“The ministry will work with experts, elders and Indigenous communities to develop the support materials for the updated curriculum,” she said.

The move is “a damaging step backwards on the road to reconciliation,” said a representative from the Ontario NDP, now the Official Opposition party.

“The curriculum in Ontario’s public schools is outdated, and we simply have to do better for our children,” said Peggy Sattler, the MPP for London West who was re-elected in the June election.

“Teachers, educators and families have been clear that they support bringing Indigenous education into the classroom, and are right to be alarmed if this is the approach the Ford government plans to take. “

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