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Ford government moving forward with Indigenous lesson plan despite austerity push

July 9, 2018 6:07 PM
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New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler (London West) worried that the Tories are up to something.

“Doug Ford needs to come clean with families, teachers, educators and students about what’s going on here,” said Sattler.

“The curriculum in Ontario’s public schools is outdated, and we simply have to do better for our children,” the NDP member said.

“If it’s true that Ford has scrapped the summer curriculum writing sessions, that’s a major shift in the plan for students and schools. Why? And if he’s cutting the modernization program, what is he replacing it with? Have the Ford cuts come for our children’s education already?” she said.

“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. Mr. Ford needs to lay out his position, and describe his commitment to truth and reconciliation.”

The new curriculum was developed in partnership with Indigenous leaders and stems from a key recommendation of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission so Ontario students can learn about residential schools and other dark chapters of Canadian history.

That is because Ford has promised to revamp the modernized sex-education curriculum.


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