Ontario introduces Sikh heritage learning tools

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.

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Indira Naidoo-Harris and Harinder Malhi at the launch of Ontario’s Sikh heritage learning tools – Photo courtesy of Indira Naidoo-Harris tweeter

Ontario is introducing new learning resources on Sikh history and heritage to help students understand Canada’s diverse history and people.

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.

Ontario province Minister of Education Indira Naidoo-Harris made the announcement at Sandalwood Heights Secondary School in Brampton on Friday (16 Feb 2018).

“This morning @SandalwoodH_SS we announced how we are supporting learning in a variety of subjects and courses for students that reflect Canada’s diverse history!” Naidoo-Harris tweeted.

She was joined by Ontario Minister of the Status of Women Harinder Malhi, who is the MPP for Brampton-Springdale.

“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,” Naidoo-Harrissaid in a statement.

Harinder said the introduction of the curriculum was 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,” she said.

The curicculum will cover topics such as Sikh celebrations in Canada and diverse viewpoints on maintaining cultural practices, Sikh perspectives on global warming and climate change, history of Sikh pioneers in Canada and human rights.

Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada Executive Director Pardeep Singh Nagra said 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,” he said.

The 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, the statement added.

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.

 

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