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11/04/16

Teaching refugee students a real learning curve

Of all the stories, Koreen Geres remembers one in particular. She was teaching a high school class of refugees in Saskatoon, teens who had fled with their families from a war-stricken region of Europe. The teens had much to learn. So, it turned out, did their teacher. One girl was afraid of everything. She was finally convinced to get on a bus for a field trip, but once she was on, she wouldn’t get off. She wouldn’t go to the... +Read More
11/03/16

Alberta LGBTQ school toolkit praised as ‘good start,’ but called ‘dangerous’ by critic

Mason Jenkins is a 27-year-old transgender Calgary man who began his transition about six years ago. “I just never really fit in those constructed ideas of what it means to be a little girl, what it means to be feminine in our society,” he explained. “Our school system is a very heteronormative system, so it doesn’t really provide experiences of transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirit, LGBTQ identities.” So for Jenkins, a new guidebook to help teachers discuss issues around gender,... +Read More
10/25/16

Following Their Voices has had impact in northern schools

One of the provincial government’s primary strategies for delving into the area of improving graduation rates for First Nations and Métis students by 2020 has been the Following Their Voices campaign that has included ongoing discussions held throughout the province. Intended to follow up the earlier Student First consultations, cultural sensitivity and honouring Aboriginal knowledge has been one of the cornerstones. Recently, Education Minister Don Morgan, accompanied by Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Donna Harpauer and... +Read More
Every Child Matters
09/29/16

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day, happening on September 30, has been organized to recognise and remember the impact of residential schools and the promise of reconciliation moving forward. Students, teachers and community members are invited to wear an orange shirt to school or… +Read More
09/27/16

Orange Shirt Day in Regina has students reflecting on residential schools

Regina students honour residential school survivors with art Students at Gladys McDonald School in Regina have spent the last few weeks learning about residential schools. This week, they’ll be sharing what they learned with their community. Orange Shirt Day involves the kids making symbols to honour residential school survivors and posting them around their neighbourhood. Paula Viher is one of the teachers involved in organizing Orange Shirt Day at the elementary school. “These kids are growing into citizens that already have that... +Read More
09/15/16

After switching schools, transgender Halifax teen finds acceptance on football field

A transgender Halifax teenager who transferred high schools over bullying says he’s been warmly accepted on his new school’s football team. Kenny Cooley, a Grade 12 student at Halifax West High School, was initially nervous to put his name on the try-out list. “I was scared of what other people would think about me on the team and I felt like I wouldn’t fit in,” Cooley told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. “It took me about a good hour of... +Read More
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