Ontario Enhancing Opportunities to Learn about Canada's History
Province Introducing New Learning Resources on Sikh Heritage
Ontario is helping students to understand Canada's diverse history and people with the development of new resources on Sikh history and heritage.
Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education, joined by Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, was at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School in Brampton today to make the announcement.
The new voluntary curriculum-linked resource, developed in partnership with the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada, 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
These tools will provide all students with the opportunity to embrace Canada's history and diversity, further develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking, and increase their understanding of global issues.
Ensuring students have access to a wide range of learning resources is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.
- These voluntary curriculum-linked resources are being developed by the following four subject associations: The Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association, The Ontario Art Education Association, The Ontario Association of Geographic and Environmental Educators, and The Ontario Library Association in partnership with the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.
- The resources will be distributed through the subject associations’ networks in spring 2018.
- The Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada is located in Mississauga, Ontario, and is a Canadian organization celebrating the unique history, culture and legacy of Sikh Canadians. It is dedicated to advancing and promoting knowledge, understanding and preservation of the cultural and religious life of Sikh people in Canada through quality museum exhibits, lectures and special programs.
- Ontario designated April as Sikh Heritage Month in 2013.
“I firmly believe that Ontario’s publicly funded education system must support and promote diverse perspectives. Through these resources, students will now have the opportunity to deepen understanding of Sikh heritage and the contributions of the Sikh community to Canada. These tools will help students further their knowledge of global issues and Canadian history.”
“The introduction of this curriculum is vital to understanding part of the Sikh community’s contribution and presence in Canada. These tools are part of our government’s ongoing journey towards providing students the knowledge they need to further navigate the diverse world they live in.”
“The learning resources related to Canadian Sikh history and heritage are an important first step towards a more equitable, inclusive and representative education system in Ontario. Sikh pioneer contributions towards nation building are over 100 years in Canada and these resources in part will reflect that legacy.”
Pardeep Singh Nagra