Ontario’s Native Studies and Native Languages curriculum offers Aboriginal students the opportunity to study their own languages and culture, and enables all students to broaden their awareness and knowledge of Aboriginal peoples, their cultures, histories, contributions and perspectives.
The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Supplement provides increased funding for Native Languages programs offered in any of the seven Native Languages recognized in the Ontario curriculum. In addition, it provides increased support to boards offering any of the ten Native Studies courses, and additional funding to support programs that assist Aboriginal students.
Native studies provides students in Ontario schools with a broad range of knowledge related to Aboriginal peoples to help them better understand Aboriginal issues of public interest discussed at the local, regional, and national levels. Through their involvement in Native studies, students will increase their awareness and understanding of the histories, cultures, world views, and contributions of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The Secondary Native Studies curriculum can be found on this website.
The Ontario curriculum offers studies in seven Native Languages. Language carries with it the spirit, culture, history, and philosophy of a people, and is the principal means by which culture is preserved and transmitted. Ontario’s Native Language curriculum is available to all students who want to learn a Native language and develop a better understanding of the culture of which that language forms a part. The elementary Native Languages and secondary Native Languages curricula can be found on this website.