Indigenous Authors Explain Why Schools Need Less Shakespeare – VICE

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 202029 Views

Writers like Terese Mailhot and Waubgeshig Rice have some thoughts on the overhaul of Grade 11 reading lists in Ontario.

Ottawa Catholic School Board is revitalizing its Grade 11 English curriculum by swapping out the old reading list—saturated with white authors like Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Margaret Atwood—with Indigenous literature from Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Tanya Talaga, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Richard Wagamese.

The new offering, “English: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices,” will be implemented across the school board over the next two years, the Ottawa Citizen reported, with the initiative launched in five schools already.

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