National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on June 21st each year, and while June is the national month of celebration, learning about First Nations, Métis and Inuit can happen throughout the year.
Learning about the stories, cultures and perspectives of the First Peoples of Canada is an important and valued part of Alberta’s curriculum.
Alberta’s commitment to mandatory First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences in Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K–12) curriculum was reaffirmed on March 27, 2014, at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event in Edmonton. Alberta is also committed to implementing the principles and objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in a way that is consistent with the Canadian Constitution and Alberta law.
To honour these commitments, we continue to work with our education partners, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit stakeholders, to enhance curriculum to provide additional opportunities for students and teachers to learn about residential schools and their legacy, treaties and First Nations, Métis and Inuit experiences, perspectives and contributions in historical and contemporary contexts throughout the Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs of study.
A focus on Aboriginal peoples’ perspectives when learning about our country’s origins and development is central to the K-12 Social Studies Program of Studies (français) and the Aboriginal Studies 10-20-30 Programs of Study. Cree and Blackfoot language, culture and perspectives are explored in Cree Language and Culture Programs of Study and the Blackfoot Language and Culture Programs of Study.