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Bridging Understanding and Celebrating Diversity

There are a variety of educational opportunities throughout the school year to celebrate diversity, inclusion and kindness. When students feel represented, welcomed, supported, respected, and safe, they are more engaged in learning. What follows are some recent opportunities of strategic ways, in advance of Pride Month, that the District has been supporting students in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, their families, and allies.

IDAHAT: Recognition Day Provides Learning Opportunities

Students from across the District came together for a breakfast event, put on in partnership with the SOGI Committee to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The keynote speaker was Monica Helms, who created the Transgender Flag. Over the years, the annual IDAHAT breakfast has included opportunities for connection and community, featuring a wide variety of speakers such as authors, politicians, musicians, and other distinguished guests spanning a wide range of identities and backgrounds.

Each year IDAHAT takes place on May 17. The Pride Flag was raised at the Burnaby School District Administration Office to mark the day.

Parent Information Evening: Introduction to SOGI Inclusive Education

The Burnaby School District led a virtual SOGI Information Session for parents and caregivers to learn about SOGI inclusive education in Burnaby Schools. Held on May 23, it provided an introduction to the work in schools, a review of the District’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy, and answered questions provided by families. It was attended by nearly 200 parents and caregivers. To watch the recording of the session, click on the video below.

Learn More

Celebrating Diversity in Burnaby Schools
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Policy in Burnaby Schools
Fostering a Culture of Inclusion and Kindness – February 2024
Letter: Respectful treatment is non-negotiable – Burnaby Now, June 2023
Celebrating With Pride in Who You Are – June 2023
Sharing Culture and Celebrating Expressions of Who We Are – March 2023
Burnaby students take a stand against bullying for Pink Shirt Day – Burnaby Now, February 2023
Pink Shirt Day: Learning and Action – February 2023
Schools Raise Pride Flag for the First Time – June 2022
Pride Flag Raised in Advance of IDAHAT Celebration – May 2022
Burnaby school board flies Pride flag for the first time – Burnaby Now, May 2022
Pink Shirt Day: Lifting Each Other Up – February 2022


Posted May 2024