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Indigenous graduation requirement now in place for B.C. students, with local courses still to come – CBC

Sep 13, 2023

School districts say they are still working with local First Nations to develop regionally specific courses

Grade 12 students in British Columbia this school year are the first required to take an Indigenous-focused course in order to graduate.

The Indigenous-focused grad requirement, announced last year, was developed by the Ministry of Education and the First Nations Education Steering Committee.

In a statement sent to CBC News, the Ministry of Education and Child Care said the requirement is “intended to build further awareness and understanding of First Peoples’ perspectives, cultures, and histories among all B.C. students and serve as an important step toward reconciliation.”

The requirement fulfils one step in the province’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act Action Plan.

  • B.C. secondary students will need to complete Indigenous-focused coursework to graduate

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