Aboriginal History and Culture School Curriculum Act

An Act to promote the teaching of aboriginal history and culture in Canada's schools

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

Sponsor

Brent St. Denis  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of Dec. 13, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment requires the Government of Canada to take all available measures to work with the provinces, the First Nations, the Inuit, the Metis Nation and any other interested persons to support and promote the use of an appropriate curriculum to teach aboriginal history and culture in Canada’s primary and secondary schools.

Elsewhere

All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Aboriginal Affairs
Statements By Members

June 10th, 2008 / 2:15 p.m.
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Liberal

Brent St. Denis Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, ON

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow the federal government will apologize to residential school survivors. I believe that such an apology is a key step in the healing and reconciliation process with Canada's aboriginal peoples. I look forward to hearing the apology and hope it achieves its intended purpose.

I also hope this apology and the reconciliation process will inform all Canadians about some of the tragedies that have been inflicted upon our aboriginal people. I believe the relationship between aboriginal Canadians and non-aboriginal Canadians can be strengthened with better dialogue and an increased understanding by all Canadians of aboriginal history.

For this purpose, I have introduced Bill C-496 to promote the teaching of aboriginal history and culture in Canada's mainstream primary and secondary schools. I believe such a measure will encourage an environment of understanding that will better help our country move forward. Over the long past, the teaching of aboriginal history has been deficient in Canada's schools and this needs to be addressed.

I urge all hon. members to support initiatives that promote better understanding and appreciation of the important role in Canada of aboriginal Canadians past, present and future.

Aboriginal History and Culture School Curriculum Act
Routine Proceedings

December 13th, 2007 / 10:25 a.m.
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Liberal

Brent St. Denis Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-496, An Act to promote the teaching of aboriginal history and culture in Canada's schools.

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Yukon for seconding this bill. If passed, the bill would ask that the federal government to work with the provinces, first nations and aboriginal leaders across the country to ensure that as much as possible our primary and secondary schools will include in their curriculum the teaching of aboriginal history and culture to promote understanding and better comprehension of the history and culture of our very important first nations and aboriginal peoples in this country.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)