Curriculum writing session cancellation sparks concern in Ontario

By Shawn Jeffords THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO- Ontario’s sudden cancellation of curriculum writing sessions designed to fulfil findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has Indigenous leaders and others expressing concern and calling it a “step backward’’ on the road to reconciliation. The Ministry of Education cancelled the sessions, scheduled for two weeks this month, after the Tory government, which took office June 29, clamped down travel spending across the public service. The cancelled sessions were aimed at enhancing Indigenous perspective in the province’s school curriculum. Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement that the cancellation appears to contradict a commitment by the provincial government. “Ontario committed to working with Indigenous partners to address the legacy of residential schools,’’ Bellegarde said. “Premier Doug…

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