Ontario schools need black history to be a part of the curriculum

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This is a petition demanding the Ministry of Education of Ontario takes action to improve and update the current curriculum to include Black history courses that educate students on racial issues. 

It is essential to teach the youth of Ontario about the ways that Black Canadians have contributed to this country, but also the ways in which they have been mistreated by the Canadian government. Additionally, an extensive and more thorough teaching of Indigenous history is needed that covers everything, not just merely residential schools. We need to cover MMIW and police brutality within these history classes too as they are part of the lives of BIPOC. 

Furthermore, there should be an addition of a class about racial issues. It would teach students about how they can be allies to BIPOC, teach about microaggressions, about unconscious biases, and much more. In light of recent events, it has come to my attention that the majority of people are uneducated about racial issues, this is harmful to say the least, especially in a province as diverse as Ontario. 

As a former student of the TDSB, I can confirm that neither elementary or secondary schools do a sufficient job of teaching students about racism. Including these things in the curriculum will help to create a generation of youth that are more informed and self-aware.

We live in a self-proclaimed multicultural country, the least we can do is be educated enough to create a safe and accepting space for all. 

For any inquiries please email me at hkarapetyan3@gmail.com, please be mindful to only email if necessary. 

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