Understanding & Valuing Diversity

Individual and cultural differences are an expression of diversity that needs to be anticipated and embraced.

Toolkit: School Diversity Policy

By encouraging respectful attitudes and behaviours among young people, a school can prevent racism, discrimination, harassment, bullying and other kinds of aggression—the result being a safe and caring learning environment for all. Read More...

By encouraging respectful attitudes and behaviours among young people, a school can prevent racism, discrimination, harassment, bullying and other kinds of aggression—the result being a safe and caring learning environment for all. Safe and Caring has partnered with the Alberta Teachers’ Association to develop this resource to guide policy makers, advocates, and educational leaders, both at the school and school board levels, though the challenge of setting educational policy for dealing with diversity issues.

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Toolkit: Supporting LGBTQ Children and Youth

Building a safe, caring and inclusive culture where LGBTQ children, youth, teachers and parents feel welcome starts from the inside. This toolkit includes resources to help adults and youth alike find ways to cultivate a true culture of caring. Read More...

Tip Sheet: 7 Things Adults Can Do To Support LGBTQ Youth

As an individual, family member, community member, educator or professional, you have power to make positive changes. Think big and make small changes to start a culture of caring!

 

Tip Sheet: 6 Things You Can Do To Be An LGBTQ+ Ally

This Tip sheet is aimed at youth.

Wanting to be an ally to your LGBTQ+ friends or classmates is a good first step in supporting them. With the
right tools and determination, you have the power to make positive changes for the people in your community. Think big and make small changes to start a culture of caring!

 

10 Steps to Creating a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in Your School

Written by Dr. Kris Wells, reprinted with permission by SOS Safety Magazine.

 

Toolkit: Creating Safe Spaces Resources

Safe Spaces is a joint initiative of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) and the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. The Safe Spaces initiative focuses on three critical areas necessary to address discrimination and prejudice in schools: respecting human rights, respecting individuals and taking personal responsibility. Read More...

Safe Spaces Poster (English French)

If you are interested in ordering hard copies of the poster to share in your own school or community, you can contact Odette Ingabire, Bilingual Secretary for Professional Development, Alberta Teachers Association at Odette.Ingabire@ata.ab.ca.

 

Safe Spaces Sticker (English French)

If you are interested in ordering a hard copy of the sticker to post in your own school or community, you can contact Odette Ingabire, Bilingual Secretary for Professional Development, Alberta Teachers Association at Odette.Ingabire@ata.ab.ca.

Safe Spaces Sticker English - web

 

Safe Spaces Brochure (coming soon!)

Safe and Caring is in the process of developing a revised Safe Spaces Brochure. Check back in the next few weeks to view and download!

LGBTQ Youth (for counsellors)

The role of today’s school counsellor is increasingly complex, multifaceted and vital in the creation of healthy, vibrant and resilient schools. Because of their diversity of experiences, school counsellors are in a unique role to become one of the leading change agents and advocates for inclusion, human rights and social justice in their schools. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) students or those who are labeled as such are among the most at-risk groups in today’s schools. As such, schools must become welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments for LGBTQ students and their families. School counsellors can play an important role in helping to create these welcoming environments by helping schools to transition from “risky” to “resilient” spaces that accommodate and respect the needs and concerns of all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read More...

The following information, strategies and ethical guidelines are designed to help empower counsellors to develop a professional ethic of respect and caring, develop supports and services for LGBTQ students and to identify policy gaps or absences in school programming and services.

While this guide is primarily written to build the professional capacities of school-based counsellors it will also be of value to school leaders and classroom teachers. In addition, pre-service teachers and professional counselling schools may also find the information presented to be a useful resource in discussions of informed consent, ethical conduct, and reflective practice.

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Transgender Youth

Students who experience discrimination, whether it is based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or culture, have a legal right to be safe and protected in schools. Transgender students, or those who are labelled as such, are among the most at-risk group in schools. Read More...

The following two stories reflect the personal experiences of two transgender students as they navigate multiple and conflicting societal messages about gender and come to understand who they are.

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Two Spirit Youth

Two-Spirit people have a long history among Indigenous people across Canada. Before first contact with European colonizers, most Indigenous people recognized the importance of Two-Spirit individuals and the special responsibility bestowed on them by the Creator. At the time they were considered visionaries, healers, medicine people and leaders of their communities. Two-Spirit people were respected as equal and vital members of Indigenous societies. There are individuals documented in history, great women who took wives and carried the bow, and men carrying out duties usually assigned to women. Read More...

The impact of colonization has been long-lasting; suppressing Two-Spirit traditions and roles, and leaving generations of Two-Spirit people coping with multiple layers of discrimination and stigma. Two-Spirit youth are particularly at risk. Some find themselves shut out of community gatherings; disowned or ostracized from their families and communities. Two-Spirit students are often targeted and maltreated as members of both a sexual and visible minority. Two-Spirit youth may feel unsafe and unwelcome at school. Teachers and school administrators can play an invaluable role in addressing and alleviating some of these issues.

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First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students

Understanding the unique and diverse histories and worldviews of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students will help teachers create more responsive and welcoming learning environments.   Read More...

Education is Our Buffalo

This Alberta Teachers’ Association resource offers teachers information for incorporating First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into teaching and learning activities.

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Our Words, Our Ways: Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners

This Alberta Education resource offers information to help teachers develop an appreciation of the histories and cultural diversity of FNMI Peoples and recognize the importance of reflecting the worldviews, strengths and gifts of Aboriginal cultures in the classroom.

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Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum

This Alberta Education digital resource is designed to help teachers understand the holistic nature of FNMI ways of knowing and demonstrates FNMI perspectives in teaching and learning experiences.

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