The following statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) is from Jennifer Whiteside, Minister for Education and Child Care; British Columbia School Trustees Association; BC Association of School Superintendents; BC Association of School Business Officials, BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association; British Columbia Teachers’ Federation; CUPE BC; Confederation of British Columbia Parent Advisory Councils; Federation of Independent School Associations; ARC Foundation; First Nations Education Steering Committee; Association of First Nations and Métis Nation Schools BC:
“We know that every child expresses themselves in their own way and that some have been bullied and ostracized in the past. All of BC’s provincial education partners for K-12 schools – public and independent – stand together to ensure that every school is a place where all students deserve to be welcomed, included and respected in a safe learning environment, while being fully and completely themselves. No student should be excluded or bullied because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
“In 2016, the BC Human Rights Code was amended to ensure that gender identity and expression are protected under the code. There is no place for any form of discrimination in our schools. As provincial partners in education, we are united in this commitment. All 60 school districts, independent schools, and First Nations schools have SOGI-inclusive codes of conduct and policies in place and many participate in the BC SOGI Educator Network. We have partnered with the ARC Foundation and 11 educational and community partner groups to form the provincial SOGI K-12 Collaborative, formally committing to creating safe, respectful and welcoming learning environments for all students in British Columbia.
“BC’s K-12 curriculum emphasizes valuing diversity and respecting differences, as well as human rights and responses to discrimination. Students deserve to have the full support of teachers, administrators, support staff, administrators, parents, guardians, caregivers and their communities, as we work together to create learning environments where all students are free from discrimination so they can thrive and succeed in their school. years and beyond.
If you or a friend is experiencing discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, get help here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase /help