Embedding Indigenous materials into the Ontario secondary curriculum: Beyond “First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies”


Inspired by Debbie Reese’s website American Indians in Children’s Literature and Olivia Slykhuis’ experience as a high school teacher, this website will provide modern Canadian Indigenous resources and suggestions for ways to integrate them into the Ontario secondary school curriculum, particularly English and History courses. While the Ontario government introduced new Indigenous curriculum in 2019, the PC government elected to cancel other curriculum revisions aimed at weaving Indigenous contexts into other courses, which would impact far more students. This site will provide entries for each resource including a brief blurb, review, notes on reading level and content warnings, and related materials and suggestions for integration into courses based on curriculum expectations. Resources will also be explored for Land Acknowledgement statements for areas around the GTA, including sources specific to the Peoples on whose traditional lands the specific school might be located.

Website : https://indigenizingontariocurriculum.wordpress.com/

Olivia Sylkhuis:

Olivia holds an MA in English literature and a Bachelor of Education degree, and has previously taught high school English. She is a student in the University of Alberta’s online MLIS program, and currently works in an Ontario public library and in a brand new Makerspace. Her research interests include using the public library as a space to engage marginalized community members, including teens. She lives in Guelph, Ontario, on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples.