Indigenous Education Major Focus of CMEC Meeting in Vancouver

Vancouver, July 6, 2018 – Provincial and territorial ministers of education met this week in Vancouver on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations for the 107th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). Ministers also had the opportunity to participate in the CMEC Symposium on Indigenizing Teacher Education.

The Honourable Melanie Mark, Chair of CMEC and Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training for British Columbia, hosted the ministerial meeting and welcomed her provincial and territorial colleagues and members of their delegations to the symposium.

“We all recognize the urgent challenge of ensuring our education systems are inclusive and supportive for all students,” said Minister Mark. “Through the symposium we heard from students, Indigenous educators, and leaders how imperative it is to move forward on the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s an honour for British Columbia to host provincial and territorial ministers of education, and share our commitment to support student wellness, mental health, and Indigenizing education.”

“I’m so pleased we were able to gather as ministers of education and to hear first-hand from Indigenous students and educators,” said the Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education for British Columbia. “We know that education is a key part of reconciliation and it is critical to integrate Indigenous knowledge, traditions, and languages into classrooms across Canada.”

CMEC Symposium on Indigenizing Teacher Education

The symposium gathered participants from the education sector, along with Elders and students, to share their perspectives on how Indigenization of the classroom can occur. Together they discussed:

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