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KAIROS Program Manager Ed Bianchi speaks during a press conference as KAIROS Canada released its updated Education for Reconciliation (E4R) Report Card on Tuesday, at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Manitoba has received top marks on how it’s teaching children on Indigenous issues by making education on residential schools, treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory requirement for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students.

Manitoba was the only province and territory to receive Excellent marks for both public consultation and implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Call to Action 62.i – also known as Education for Reconciliation, according to KAIROS Canada in its updated Education for Reconciliation Report Card. Education for Reconciliation was one of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action released in 2015.

The E4R Report Card was released Tuesday at a press conference at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

“One of the reasons why (Manitoba) got such a good grade is because Manitoba is doing a very good job of involving Indigenous people into the educational system either by working with Indigenous people to develop the curriculum or by having Indigenous people in the classroom, Indigenous administrators in the offices and having elders and knowledge-keepers involved,” said KAIROS Program Manager Ed Bianchi, who moderated an expert panel focused on Manitoba’s progress towards full implementation of E4R and the next steps. “Those kinds of things all contributed to that final grade.”

The marks are an improvement from the previous E4R Report Card in 2016 where the province graded as Good in public consultation and Needs Improvement in implementation.

The report card noted that Manitoba was given this rating due to legislation supporting Indigenous content in the education system, mandatory Social Studies courses from grades 1- 11 that include Indigenous content, specific Indigenous courses, and resources for teachers. The report noted a next step for Manitoba would be to implement their revised curriculum which includes more Indigenous content for grades 10-12.

“That’s just an indication that just because Manitoba has received a grade of Excellent does not mean that all of the work has been done,” said Bianchi. “What it means is that compared to other jurisdictions they are doing really well, they are moving in the right direction and they are doing a lot of things right but there’s still lots to do.”

Research for the E4R Report Card was conducted by students at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and included consultation with Indigenous people and organizations. Researchers used a grading system: Excellent, Good, Needs Improvement and Significant Work Required.

“We just felt that the traditional letter grades system didn’t tell us enough about what is actually happening,” said Bianchi. “This is a little more descriptive because what is an A-minus as compared to a B-plus?”

KAIROS is a faith-based social justice organization of 10 Canadian churches and religious organizations, focused on Indigenous rights, international human rights, and ecological and gender justice.

E4R Report Card

Province Public Commitment Implementation

Alberta Excellent Good

B.C. Good Good

Manitoba Excellent Excellent

New Brunswick Good Needs ImprovementNewfoundland Good GoodNWT Excellent GoodNova Scotia Good GoodNunavut Good GoodOntario Excellent GoodP.E.I. Good GoodQuebec Needs Improvement Significant Work RequiredSaskatchewan Good GoodYukon Good Good– Education for Reconciliation Report Card Play VideoPlayLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%Remaining Time -0:00This is a modal window.Foreground — White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan — Opaque Semi-OpaqueBackground — White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan — Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentWindow — White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan — Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentFont Size 50% 75% 100% 125% […]

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