The criteria for students to graduate high school will be changing slightly over the next several years.
The Government of Saskatchewan announced on Monday that by the 2025-26 school year, "holocaust education will be a compulsory component of the renewed Social Studies 10 curriculum", and will also be a requirement to graduate in Saskatchewan. This comes after the new graduation requirements that were announced back at the start of November, coming into play for the 2024-2025 school year.
"Antisemitism, unfortunately, is a prejudice that remains a problem in Canada," Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill said. "Knowledge of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust is important for our youth as it helps reduce hate and discrimination in society."
The Ministry of Education notes that teachers, the Jewish community, and other content experts will be consulted when it comes to the renewal and implementation of these courses.
Other provinces committed to holocaust education include Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario.