Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Inclusive Education in BC
BCCPAC is working with the Ministry of Education and other provincial partner groups to ensure that all BC students have a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment. B.C.’s new curriculum includes a focus on valuing diversity and respecting differences, and the topics of human rights and responses to discrimination.
In July 2016, Bill 27- Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016 was passed to include “gender identity or expression” among the protected grounds covered by the B.C. Human Rights Code. The B.C. Ministry of Education followed in September with its own directive asking that explicit references to sexual orientation and gender identity be added to the policies and codes of conduct in each school district.
Here are some resources to help you understand how SOGI will be included in BC Education:
BCCPAC Parent FAQ
BCCPAC List of SOGI Resolutions and Education Resources
Ministry of Education SOGI Factsheet
Fall 2017 Our Voice Article – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Education in BC
It was 20 years ago that BCCPAC approved a resolution to advocate for LGBT youth to be included in anti-harassment policy. At the 2017 AGM, BCCPAC approved resolutions to advocate for at least one single occupant inclusive washroom and change room in each school and any associated capital funding required to further promote the safety of all students.
Inclusion and Diversity are at the core of BCCPAC’s guiding principles, and BCCPAC will continue to advocate for initiatives and processes that are designed not only to stop discrimination in our schools but also to provide opportunities to unlearn discrimination.
In the coming year, BCCPAC is looking forward to working with our provincial partners towards creating school environments where all students not only feel safe, but embraced and empowered.
The BCCPAC Board of Directors