This fall, Grade 11 students in the St Clair Catholic District School Board will have a new requirement: completing a compulsory English course in First Nations texts. The course, titled “Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices,” takes the place of other Grade 11 English courses. Students will have the opportunity to explore literary, informational, graphic, oral, and media text forms from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures. Cortnee Goure, Indigenous Education Lead with SCCDSB, explained that the course will provide all students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities and learn about Indigenous issues from local Indigenous community partners. “Through awareness and understanding of the Indigenous story, may we build a Canada that is truly inclusive, a country where we care for the well-being of each other,” said Biindigaygizhig of the Chippewas of the Thames.