OUT Saskatoon Partnership
Saskatoon Public Schools and OUT Saskatoon
DATE PARTNERSHIP CREATED: Approximately 2013
Working towards creating safer and inclusive classrooms, schools, and communities. Education is one of our greatest tools in working to eliminate homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression that Two Spirit, Trans and Queer people experience.
INITIATIVES AND POTENTIAL IMPACT:
Through classroom presentations, students are introduced to 2SLGBTQ terminology and identities through 2SLGBTQ-friendly books (Kindergarten–Grade 3) or an interactive presentation (Grade 4–8 and 9–12). Students take part in a class discussion that focuses on reducing discrimination, increasing awareness of 2SLGBTQ people and issues, and what inclusive spaces look and feel like. All content is age-appropriate and connected to Saskatchewan curricula.
There is also professional development training for all school-based staff. Participants are introduced to the foundations of identity, terminology, inclusive language, and affirming practices to implement within the classroom. Participants are also led through group discussions that center around school systems, policy, and 2SLGBTQ safety.
The partnership meets 3–4 times a year.