Ontario announces Sikh heritage learning tools

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Last week Ontario announced it was making available new learning resources to help students understand Sikh history and heritage.

Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris and Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, made the announcement Friday, Feb. 16, in Brampton at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School.

“The introduction of this curriculum is vital to understanding part of the Sikh community’s contribution and presence in Canada,” said Malhi, in a press release.

The voluntary curriculum-linked resource was developed in partnership with a number of professional organizations including the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada. The resources, which will be available this spring, will support learning in a variety of subjects and courses for elementary and secondary students, covering topics such as:
—Sikh celebrations in Canada and diverse viewpoints on maintaining cultural practices
—Sikh perspectives on global warming and climate change
—The history of Sikh pioneers in Canada and human rights

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The learning resources are an important first step toward a more equitable, inclusive and representative education system in Ontario, said Pardeep Singh Nagra, executive director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.

“I firmly believe that Ontario’s publicly funded education system must support and promote diverse perspectives,” added Naidoo-Harris.

In the years to come more resources and tools may be provided for students to learn the history and contributions and perspectives on climate change of more ethnic groups in Canada.

The question is are schools not already teaching students all about the positive contributions of all ethnic groups to Canada and highlighting the negative impact of the European settlers? – CINEWS

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