In response to concerns from Regina Public School parents, including Justine Taylor that providing children with the opportunity to participate in Pride events is inappropriate and causes some children with certain “religious and moral beliefs” to not feel included, Regina Public Schools Board of Education Trustee Aleana Young put forward a motion that would allow all Regina Public Schools to celebrate Pride week and Pride events at school.
As many folks know, on October 15th 2019, the Regina Public School Board (RPSB) debated the motion brought forward by Trustee Young to ensure that Regina Public Schools recognized and supported Pride celebrations and flag raisings every June. Many of our board members and staff attended this meeting, and were saddened and disappointed by the outcome of this vote.
From our understanding of this meeting, the concerns raised by some trustees who voted against this motion included:
- That the motion presented by Trustee Young, as worded, would force schools to participate in Pride celebrations and raise the rainbow flag every June; and
- That the motion lacked extensive and/or clear information about the details, procedures and processes surrounding this theme.
We were saddened by the results, but we continue to encourage the community, including students, staff, and parents of Regina Public Schools, to push for support for 2SLGBTQ+ children, youth and families in Regina. We look forward to continuing to promote equity and inclusivity for people in Regina.
We are so excited to have created this Pride Motion Toolkit for Regina GSAs and QSAs to use to advocate for the celebration of pride in their schools!
our calls to action to regina public school board
In our letter, we included four calls to action for the RPSB to affirm their support and inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ students, parents and staff:
- The development of a policy directive that clearly affirms individual schools’ rights to celebrate Pride, raise rainbow pride flags and to develop GSAs at all Regina Public Schools;
- Clear and accessible procedures for students and staff to put forward requests to host Pride related events and to develop a GSA, as well as procedures for students to file grievances or appeals if their school refuses their request;
- The creation of an ad-hoc committee comprised of representatives from students, school administrators, staff, parents, 2SLGBTQ+ organizations, and education researchers who have all shown knowledge and/or expertise on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion to discuss the future of 2SLGBTQ+ initiatives at RPSB; and
- All Regina Public School Board Trustees to be trained on 2SLGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion.