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This list was compiled by the Ministry of Education SOGI Working Group for consideration when creating or updating your policy/procedures. Videos highlighting some of these components can be watched here.
1. COMMON LANGUAGE
All parties will be well-informed of and equipped with appropriate and respectful language. Watch video.
Proactive and reactive measures that include sexual orientation and gender identity will impact all students. Watch video.
Students will have the right to self-identification, which includes the name by which they wish to be addressed and the pronouns that correspond to their gender identity.
Students will have the right to the confidentiality of their sex, gender, and name.
5. DRESS GUIDELINES
Students may express their gender identity or gender expression through what they wear to school. A dress code should be as all-inclusive as possible, which may include removing pronouns. Watch video.
6. GENDER INTEGRATED AND INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES
Integrated and inclusive activities will enable students to join teams and groups that they feel correspond with their gender identity. Watch video.
7. EDUCATOR TRAINING
All staff will be provided with knowledge and tools to develop a broad understanding of SOGI and the impact on students. Watch video.
8. INCLUSIVE LEARNING
Classroom materials and activities will contain positive images and accurate information about sexual and/or gender diversity. Watch video.
Individuals may choose to use washrooms and change rooms that match their gender identity, including non-gendered single-stall washrooms and change rooms. Watch video.
10. INCLUSIVE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students will be included and accommodated for in all extra-curricular activities regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, including support to set up a Gender-Sexuality Alliance/Gay-Straight Alliance or similar club.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.