Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gold Trail School District on Teaching the Residential School Experience

Hi.  Just wanted to acknowledge and send a shout out to the Gold Trail School District (SD#74) for the following decision to bring a motion to the BC School Trustee Association's annual meeting on teaching the Residential School Experience.  The notice I saw was in the School Board Notes of the Lillooet News.

The Gold Trail School District will be presenting a motion at the BC School Trustees Association’s (BCSTA) annual meeting on Teaching the Residential School Experience.

The resolution asks the BCSTA to urge the Ministry of Education to work with the appropriate agencies and organizations to “develop and implement mandatory inclusion of the Aboriginal Residential School experience and other aspects of colonization in Social Studies curricula for all students.”

Trustees voted unanimously in favour of the motion. Its rationale is that if aboriginal communities are to overcome the detrimental effects of the residential school experience, “it will be through aboriginal and non-aboriginal students alike learning the true and complete story.”

Gold Trail say past teachings have been “extremely damaging, promoting ignorance and racism on one side and shame and lack of self respect on the other.”

Gold Trail deserves congratulations for taking a leadership role in moving forward on Aboriginal Education.

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