BC, York Region District School Board announce Indigenous coursework requirements

The Government of British Columbia has announced that it is implementing a new Indigenous-focused coursework requirement for graduation from high school. Starting in September 2023, students will be required to take Indigenous-focused coursework to help strengthen their understanding of the histories and knowledges of Indigenous people. “Building awareness and understanding of First Peoples’ perspectives, cultures and histories among all B.C. students will serve as an important step toward reconciliation and an effective strategy to combat racism within the province to the benefit of all British Columbians,” said First Nations Education Steering Committee President Tyrone McNeil. The York Region District School Board also recently announced that it will be requiring students to take the Understanding Contemporary First Nations, MĂ©tis, and Inuit Voices as their Grade 11 English credit starting in the 2023-24 school year.

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