“It’s long overdue:” PEI adds more Indigenous perspectives to school curriculum

The Government of Prince Edward Island Department of Education is preparing to add to the grade school curriculum to help students learn more about the Island’s Indigenous history. “We knew there [were] chapters that hadn’t been told yet,” said Jack Headley, grade 7-12 social studies curriculum lead. “We wanted to add the Indigenous perspectives, some Indigenous content, Indigenous knowledge, some Indigenous ways of knowing, and we knew we had to seek the advice of the Indigenous community to help us with that journey.” Headley explained that the development has been underway for several years, as there are few ready-made PEI-specific resources. The new curriculum will be piloted in Grade 7 and 8 classrooms this fall, with the intent of revising it and introducing it in schools Island-wide in 2023.