Northwest Territories Announces K-12 Curriculum Renewal and Assessment Partnership


Minister RJ Simpson and British Columbia (BC) Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside are pleased to announce that the Northwest Territories (NWT) will join forces with Columbia. British for the renewal of the K-12 curriculum and school assessments (JK-12). This decision is the result of extensive research, analysis and more than 40 consultation and engagement sessions with Indigenous governments, education organizations, the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) and educators.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) began research in 2019 to explore the curriculum of the western Canadian provinces to determine which one best fits the 34 priorities of the country. long-standing education of the NWT. BC’s curriculum was very clearly the most aligned with that of the NWT, being one of the first in Canada to focus on competency-based learning; is modernized to meet the needs of students in an ever-changing world; incorporates financial literacy; begins to provide career education in the early years; and offers a program of applied design, skills and technology that draws on the natural curiosity, inventiveness and creativity of students. All of this allows students to be better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of life after high school.

Fundamentally, Indigenous worldviews, knowledge and perspectives are embedded in all curriculum in British Columbia in a meaningful and intentional way, and are reflected in students’ mandatory learning outcomes. British Columbia has designed its curriculum and assessments to be flexible, which allows the NWT to tailor the curriculum to our territorial context and ensures that local Indigenous content can be integrated across the board. study programme. It can even happen at the community level, incorporating the ways of learning and doing of the place, the school and the community.

The new program will be implemented on a phased approach over several years. Key education partners, including Indigenous governments, the NWTTA, and education agencies, will play an active role in teacher training and in adapting classroom resources and student assessment tools to large scale.


“A modern curriculum that meets the needs of NWT learners is essential to providing the best possible education for all residents, which is why I am delighted to announce our partnership with British Columbia. BC’s revamped curriculum aims to personalize learning, making it more student-centered and flexible. With a focus on Indigenous knowledge and an emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills, I am confident this program will benefit all NWT JK-12 students.

Rj simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment of the NWT

“We are pleased to share British Columbia’s world-class curriculum with students, families and staff in the Northwest Territories. First Peoples principles, stories and ways of knowing are woven throughout our curriculum, and it enables hands-on, career-focused learning to create equity and opportunity for all students. .

Jennifer whiteside, British Columbia Minister of Education

Fast facts

  • The Dene Kede and Inuuqatigiit Core Curriculum, which incorporates Dene and Inuit core concepts, language and traditions into classroom instruction in the NWT, will remain in schools.
  • Programs of study created in the NWT, such as Our Languages, Northern Studies, Health and Wellness, Hunter Education, and Junior Kindergarten / Kindergarten, will also remain in NWT schools.
  • The Northwest Territories is committed to upholding the commitments of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (CCRT) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) by integrating perspectives, culture and indigenous language in all programs developed, adopted. or adapted to the NWT.
  • British Columbia demonstrated its commitment to UNDRIP by establishing its Declaration Act in November 2019, making British Columbia the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally adopt internationally recognized standards of UNDRIP through legislation.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Briony Grabke

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

[email protected]

(867) 767-9352 ext. 71073

British Columbia Ministry of Education

Government communications and public engagement


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