Nov 09, 2022
By Christine Ross
As Ontario marks Holocaust Education Week, the province has announced that students in grade 6 will soon be learning about the Holocaust. The Ontario government is introducing this mandatory learning requirement to the curriculum.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says it’s part of reforms to help young students understand the significance of the Holocaust and to fight rising anti-Semitism in schools.
Currently, mandatory learning about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide are included in the Grade 10 Canadian History Since World War I course. The revised Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum, which is part of Ontario’s continued modernization of the curriculum, will be implemented in September 2023.
Jewish Canadians remain the most targeted religious minority for hate crimes in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. While Jewish Canadians make up one per cent of the population, they were victims of 14 per cent of all reported hate crimes in 2021.