The head of Reconciliation Canada wants the BC Government to make residential school history mandatory in the education system.
It’s expected to be one of the many recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its highly anticipated report to be released Tuesday.
This, following a five-year long investigation into one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history.
Chief Robert Joseph of Vancouver says all students should be required to learn about residential schools.
“I think the best way to approach that is begin to have a dialogue with provincial educational institutes and to have them understand that this is a part of our history, and it’s been wrong to exclude it.”
Chief Joseph says its vital new generations know what happened.
“Like all caring Canadians, educators are just as caring, and we are either going to do it by building consensus, or asking provincial governments to mandate the idea.”
BC’s Ministry of Education says it’s working to revise the curriculum, to ensure the history and legacy of residential schools is covered “even more thoroughly.”
Right now it’s a “suggested topic” in the social studies program.