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Education minister needs to talk to Indigenous people, children’s advocate says – StarPhoenix

by ahnationtalk on November 10, 2017122 Views

The first Indigenous person appointed as Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth says Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre “needs to gain a better understanding” of how Saskatchewan’s history is taught.

Corey O’Soup, a member of the Key First Nation, expressed dismay at Eyre’s recent public comment suggesting there is too much “infusion” of First Nations history in school curriculum.

“She needs to learn a little bit more before she makes those statements … I think she needs to maybe challenge herself to sit down with some of our people and get a better understanding of what’s happening out there,” he said.

Indigenous children have been trained in the dominant European perspective for hundreds of years in Canada and it’s time for First Nations and Metis perspectives to be presented adequately too, he said in an interview on Thursday at the Revitalizing Our Grieving Spirit conference at Saskatoon’s Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.

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