Canadian Education News

Alberta students will set the definition of their own gender
New guidelines released by the Alberta government on Wednesday. The 21 page document put out by David Eggen, the Education Minister, advised teachers to permit the children to pick their name and the washroom used by them.

In short, the students have the right to self-identify their gender expression and identity, according to the document. Other rights or stipulations include the right to pick your pronoun, where the document states, “?right to be addressed by their chosen name and to choose pronouns.”

Other stipulations relate to elimination of activities for students based on gender, the ability to use male or female washrooms ? or neither, use preferred change rooms, and the establishment of gay-straight alliances are mandatory if desired by a student.

Canadian universities need more women leaders
According to a group of university presidents universities lack female leaders or women leadership. At a recent meeting of university presidents in Toronto, they held a session on “how to advance women’s leadership in postsecondary institutions.”

The group considers it an urgent problem. Vianne Timmons, the president of the University of Saskatchewan, said, “We still have universities in Canada that have never had a woman president. I was the first woman president in Saskatchewan.”

The session and meeting about women in leadership “comes at a time of renewed discussion around gender inequalities in Canada, from harassment and assault on campus to the persistence of the pay gap.

Holocaust education in Canada
The Holocaust was remembered recently with Yom Ha’Shoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 4th and 5th. Canada became the home to 30,000 Holocaust survivors. Citizens from all of the Canadian political parties.

During the speeches at the event in Ottawa, the points were made about the prevention and response to genocide.

Naomi Azrieli and Alice Herscovitch said, “With the community of Canadian survivors fast disappearing, we have a responsibility to honour their steadfast work and take it up as our own.”

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is an AUSU Councillor. He works with various organizations, and runs In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, and In-Sight Publishing.