Hamilton Catholic board chair calls assignment asking students to ‘pretend’ to be colonist ‘inappropriate, insensitive’

HAMILTON NEWS — The chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board [Canada] says an assignment created and doled out by one of their teachers that asked students to pretend to be French colonists was “inappropriate and insensitive.”

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Twitter user Stephanie Allen (@BuiltJustice) posted a photo of an assignment in which she said her cousin’s daughter” had been given in a Hamilton history class.

The assignment asked students to “pretend you are the colonist from France. You have just discovered North America. The aboriginal people that were there before you are having issues with you staying.”

They are then asked to write a speech to “convince the aboriginal people to let you stay on their land.”


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