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An unattributed post re-published on the review’s website in April titled “How to Teach History in Schools” says “the left’” has a tendency to reduce history to condemning past wrongs.
“Here in Canada the preoccupation with victimhood has mostly centred on Japanese Canadians and residential school ‘survivors,’” it says.
Peigan said Champion’s perceptions of Indigenous people have no place within the school curriculum.
“Mr. Premier I do not know how you can continue to push an agenda that excludes the real truth of the history of Canada, it is completely absurd,” Peigan wrote.
“… What is it going to take, premier, for you to listen to the First Peoples and make significant changes in how you govern our province? We cannot deny the atrocities of the residential school or the Sixties Scoop survivors. To pretend it never happened is unjust.”
Harrison Fleming, deputy press secretary for Kenney, said the government believes curriculum must include First Nations, Indigenous and Métis perspectives. He said those views have been captured in the work to date on the curriculum and more subject matter experts are being sought.
“Dr. Champion is just one of over 300 people working on designing Alberta’s new curriculum. To suggest that he and he alone holds the pen on this endeavour is simply not true,” Fleming said.
At a press conference Wednesday, Peigan said he felt angry when he read about what Champion has written.