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Sep 13, 2023
The Assembly of First Nations says the policies are “discriminatory,” “dangerously misguided” and “a clear violation of basic human rights.”
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) says education policies introduced by the Saskatchewan and New Brunswick governments are “discriminatory,” “dangerously misguided,” an act of “legislative overreach” and “a clear violation of basic human rights.”
Starting this school year — after an announcement only weeks before the start of term — Saskatchewan students under the age of 16 now need parental consent before they can change their names or pronouns in school.
Earlier in the summer, New Brunswick also significantly changed its existing Policy 713, which was introduced in 2020 to guarantee minimum support for LGBTQ students, such that it now bans teachers from calling a student under 16 by their chosen name or pronouns without parental consent.