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More students supported by SOGI-inclusive education

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Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
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Media Contacts
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

Backgrounders

Facts about inclusive education in British Columbia
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two‚Äźspirited and/or queer (LGBT2SQ) students are subject to higher levels of bullying, cyberbullying and discrimination, and are at higher risk of mental health issues, including suicide.
  • 64% of queer and transgender students in Canada feel unsafe in school because of bullying, violence and homophobic slurs.
  • The B.C. SOGI Educator Network was formally launched as a pilot project at the beginning of the 2016-17 year by ARC Foundation. In just over two school years, it has grown from nine to 60 districts.
  • The SOGI 123 website has reached over 100,000 unique visitors since 2016. The SOGI 123 learning modules have received over 27,000 views since 2017 and SOGI 123 lesson plans have been downloaded 14,000 times from the TeachBC website.
  • Members of the new Provincial K-12 SOGI Collaborative include: B.C.'s Ministry of Education; ARC Foundation; B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils; B.C. Principals and Vice-Principals Association; B.C. School Superintendents Association; B.C. School Trustees Association; B.C. Teachers’ Federation; Canadian Union of Public Employees; First Nations Education Steering Committee; First Nations Schools Association; and Federation of Independent School Associations in B.C.
  • The ministry recently signed a new three-year memorandum of understanding with the ARC Foundation, committing to continue to work together to provide provincial leadership to support SOGI-inclusive education, help schools to build inclusive cultures and provide educators, students and parents with K-12 tools and resources.
  • All of B.C.’s 60 school districts have SOGI-inclusive codes of conduct and independent schools have SOGI-inclusive harassment and bullying prevention policies in place.

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