What is the HED Division doing to support Indigenous Perspectives?
Pearson Canada has adopted the “Nothing About Us Without Us” principle by working with Indigenous reviewers, content contributors, editors, and authors. This will ensure the accurate and respectful representation of Indigenous peoples, histories, cultures, and perspectives. Pearson is also working with Indigenous academics, professionals, and members of Inuit, Métis, and First Nation communities, to increase Indigenous content across all publishing products. Pearson is committed to having more learners feel inspired by the stories and examples featured in its products.
What is the School Division doing to support Indigenous Perspectives?
Pearson’s School Division has been working with Indigenous educators and authors for about ten years. Some examples of the ongoing work:
A recent project producing Indigenous themed books e.g., the Mathology K-3 Little Book series which includes Let’s Play Waltes: A Traditional Mi’kmaq Game by Mi’kmaq author Kyla Bernard and Sharing Our Stories by Dene author Melissa Purcell. Recently, Pearson worked with Indigenous voice actors to record the audio for all the Indigenous books included in Spark, Pearson’s new Digital Library.
For BC schools, Pearson developed Inquiring Minds 3-7, which included authors Nadine McSpadden, Heidi Wood, and Jo-Anne Chrona. With this social studies series, First Peoples’ content and perspectives were built in from the beginning, resulting in very positive feedback.
As Pearson carries out its research in all disciplines, our employee base is working to expand the company’s network of Indigenous educators and advisors, so that Pearson can ensure inclusive and accurate resources that reflect Indigenous perspectives and content.