BSD Board of Trustees Response to Delegations
During the Board meeting on May 23, 2023, individual Trustees responded to the May 8th delegation and the Brandon School Division Board of Trustees passed the following motion 41/2023:
The Brandon School Division Board of Trustees rejects the call for the formation of a committee of parents and trustees to examine books in our school libraries. The Brandon School Division Board of Trustees strongly reaffirms our Administrative Procedure 4535 Human Diversity. Brandon School Division Board of Trustees supports learning environments that respect and embrace diversity, that create welcoming and safe spaces, raise awareness and learning, support and protect everyone, including transgender and gender diverse people, and others who have not yet identified. Respect and safety are for everyone, in every school, however 2SLGBTTQQIA+ people (particularly transgender individuals) typically experience higher rates of harassment, discrimination, suicide, as well as poor mental and physical health outcomes. Creating school environments that respect and affirm gender diversity will empower all students and employees. Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation are protected rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Manitoba Human Rights Code. The Brandon School Division Board of Trustees recognizes the importance and life‐changing role that inclusive educational environments can play in building the personal resilience of transgender and other gender diverse students and their families.
Brandon School Division thanks the community for their support and assistance in creating an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment in our schools.
Our #BSDSchools are a safe and inclusive space for all.