by Katherine Wilton
Originally published: May 2, 2017
A group of teachers and parents has launched an online petition asking the Quebec government to come up with a new high school history curriculum that better reflects the contributions of indigenous peoples, anglophones and other ethnic minority groups.
“It is not acceptable that the recently implemented curriculum renders minority communities invisible, casts anglophones in the role of comic-book villain and fails to adequately address the (recommendations) by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” said Robert Green, chairperson of the Committee for the Enhancement of the History Curriculum in Quebec.
The Quebec history course, taught in Grades 9 and 10 starting last September, has come under fire for not being inclusive enough. The course was developed while the Parti Québécois was in power, and Green says it was influenced by a conservative nationalist group called the La Coalition pour l’histoire that had been lobbying for years for a more nationalistic perspective.