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Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI)

 Frequently Asked Questions

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in MPSD 

Letter from the MPSD Board of Education | Support for SOGI

February 13, 2024: Global News: What is SOGI 123?​

On November 28, 2023, 6:30 pm: SOGI MYTH BUSTERS event was hosted by MPSD staff at Clarke Theatre.
Powerpoint Slides shared at the event can be accessed here. 

The Ministry of Education and Child Care has compiled a list of resources to help parents understand the truths and non-truths of SOGI-inclusive education. Click here for more info. ​

SOGI 1 2 3  - Parent and Caregiver Resources

Information about what SOGI-inclusive education looks like in Canadian schools.  

​Available in EnglishMandarinPunjabi and French


The Ministry has created a resource to respond to misinformation about SOGI-Inclusive Education. Please see this SOGI-Inclusive Education Myth Busting document​ for more details.​

September 16, 2022: Minister's, K-12 education partners' statement on support for SOGI​

The following information is provided to explain aspects of the curriculum related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and how it is being discussed in the classroom. It is important to note that there is no separate and distinct SOGI program or curriculum. However, throughout K-12 curriculum and school activities, students and teachers explore the topic of human rights and:

  • What it means to value diversity and respect differences
  • How to respond to discrimination
  • Teachers may include discussions around the B.C. Human Rights Code, sexual orientation and gender identity.​​

62% of 2SLGBTQ+ students still feel unsafe at school. According to the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), 19 per cent of B.C. high school students identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or otherwise non-heterosexual, and 42 per cent of LGBTQ+ high school students in the province report being victims of cyberbullying compared to 14 per cent of heterosexual students. In the past 12 months, according to the BCCPAC, lesbian, gay and bisexual youth were seven times more likely than heterosexual youth to attempt suicide.​ This can change. If we work together!

All LGBT2Q+ students, employees and their respective families have the right:
To have their confidentiality protected and respected;
To self-identification and self-determination; and
To have their identities, families and communities represented, respected and recognized within all aspects of the school environment

FURTHER Resources

We encourage you to read the information on this webpage, including our Frequently Asked Questions and the Physical & Health Education Curriculum Connections outlined below, and visit the webpages below: 
 


 


​​Unveiling of MPSD Inclusion Walkway​, May 21, 2019

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*Information gathered and shared from BC Government resources, Ministry of Education, BCSTA, SOGI123, other school districts (SD43, SD36, SD23)