The following organizations will collaborate to develop professional development for teachers so that all students learn about the culture, history perspectives and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people:
- Alberta Education
- The Alberta Teachers’ Association
- The Alberta Association of Deans of Education
- The Alberta School Boards Association
- The Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia
- The College of Alberta School Superintendents
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Today, representatives from these organizations signed a Joint Commitment to Action that will ensure that all K-12 teachers receive additional training related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit history and culture within the next two to three years.
“We believe the Joint Commitment to Action is a positive step forward in Alberta’s commitment that all students learn about the history and legacy of residential schools, along with the histories and vibrant cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. We can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been, so this enhancement to curriculum will serve to enrich the knowledge and understanding of current and future generations of Albertans.”
Last week, the Government of Alberta announced plans to develop new curriculum across six subject areas, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit content. Through the Joint Commitment to Action, stakeholders are committed to working with Indigenous partners to develop resources for teachers who will deliver this new curriculum.
“All Albertans have a role to play in reconciliation. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is proud to be a part of this historic commitment, and to provide guidance and support to stakeholders to enhance resources and professional learning opportunities for teachers.”