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Alberta is building a more inclusive education system

Alberta’s education system is getting a makeover with new guidelines making sure their classrooms are more inclusive with Aboriginal teachings.

On Wednesday Alberta announced new standards on what teachers, principals, school leaders and superintendents can teach in the province’s education system.

The new guidelines will ensure that knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit are taught to all students. Minister of Education David Eggen says that these standards will lay the groundwork to improve Alberta’s education system and set a common vision on delivering high quality education.

In Lloydminster, Mayor Gerald Aalbers has already proclaimed February as Aboriginal Storytelling Month that has seen classrooms bring in Aboriginal speakers to teach and showcase their culture.

For many schools across the city including Jack Kemp Community School, Aboriginal education is already being taught in the curriculum.

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Alberta is now the first province to have professional practice standards for all professional educators. The standards will come into effect in September 2019.

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