Representation is an essential part of treating everyone with dignity and equality (SDG 10)
Earlier this month, Canada made history by becoming the first country in the world to provide census data on transgender and non-binary people! This type of data is so important not only because it allows all Canadians to see themselves in national statistics, but also because it helps to fill a long-standing information gap on gender diversity. So, what did we learn?
Of the nearly 30.5 million people in Canada aged 15 and older, 100,815 identified as transgender or non-binary. (That amounts to about one in 300). Non-binary and transgender people are younger on average than cisgender people. (Just under 1 in 100 young adults aged 20 to 24 identified as non-binary or transgender). A majority of non-binary individuals in Canada live in an urban setting. (Just over half of non-binary people aged 15 and older reported living in one of Canada’s six largest urban centres).
This census update is a big step in representation on a national scale. At the community level, colleges and institutes are a natural fit for local support, gender-related resources and training, and positive spaces!
- At Centennial College’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion, the Positive Space Program creates respectful and safe learning environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, intersex, and queer (2SLGBTQQIA) students, employees and community members, as well as for their allies and people researching 2SLGBTQQIA issues.
- At Dawson College, the two-year pre-university Women and Gender Studies program explores women’s experiences throughout history, constructions and representations of gender in the media, sexual identities, and cultural perspectives of gender.
- At Algonquin College, Positive Space Workshops are 3-hour information sessions that help employees build practical skills and knowledge to counter homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism in college settings. The sessions also provide employees with resources and materials to act as a Positive Space resource person!
- At Cégep de Sherbrooke, the inclusion of gender and sexually diverse people is a fundamental part of the cégep’s success plan and is outlined in a formal declaration on the subject. The cégep also has a strategy to hear direct from LGBTQ+ students and invites any student with particular needs to reach out directly to Student and Community Affairs.
- At Camosun College, the Pride Collective is organized by the college’s Student Society and gives individuals an opportunity to take an active role in creating a healthy, involved, safe and supportive community on campus for those who identify as LGBTQ2IA+. The Pride Lounge is also home to a resource library with books and other materials on LGBTQ2IA+ issues.
- At Humber College, the LGBTQ+ Resource Centre promotes safer, braver, positive spaces at the college. It also serves as a dedicated space for folks to connect with one another, access resources, and build community.
- At Nova Scotia Community College, the library’s 2SLGBTQ+ Resources Subject Guide includes an overview of gender identity, expression, and terminology for allies, demographic profiles and statistics that help paint a better picture of LGBT Canadians, and links to local community organizations.
- At SAIT, the Pride at SAIT committee runs several initiatives to ensure that LGBT and non-binary students feel welcome and safe, including universal, accessible and gender-neutral washrooms. SAIT also provides tips to guide students through the process of changing gender markers and preferred names on official documentation.
- At Red Deer Polytechnic, LGBT+ Student Wellness counselling services and supports are inclusive, confidential, and available free to all students, with a special focus on the mental health of LGBT students, who often experience higher rates of bullying, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts.
- At Cegep de l’Abitibi-Témiscaminque, the Committee for Sexual Diversity, founded in collaboration with the cégep’s Student Association actively works to create safe spaces that are open to exchange, identify the needs of the LGBTQ+ community on campus, offer resources, and educate the campus population about sexual diversity, prejudice, and common misconceptions.
May 17 is also the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia, a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities!
- Did you know May 17 marks the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization took the long overdue step of declassifying ‘homosexuality’ as a mental disorder?
- Make sure to join us for the next episode of Perspective LIVE! (read below)
Pride is about community, visibility, and celebrating being true to yourself. Representation is an essential part of treating everyone – whether someone identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit, non-binary or uses other terms to describe who they are – with dignity and equality!
Over 150 scholarships will be available to Ukrainian students coming to Canada to study as they flee violence in their home country.
Forty-two of CICan’s member colleges and institutes will provide scholarships and/or other support including on-campus housing or living expenses, mental health support, alternative of deferred-payment options or language training. In publicly acknowledging the institutions who have so far offered support, CICan also urges more to take part to meet the needs of this humanitarian crisis.
Scotiabank is committed to helping everyone succeed in Canada!
Did you know that ScotiaRISE is a 10-year, $500-million initiative that invests in communities to help individuals, households, and economies thrive? As part of the project, Scotiabank partnered with The 519, a charity that helps LGBT+ individuals who are new to Canada with everything from finding a place to live to employment counselling and mentorship!
Every year, The 519’s New to Canada program helps more than 1,500 LGBT+ newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada! On top of that, the Scotiabank StartRight Program can also help newcomers start banking in Canada with access to bank accounts and credit, as well as advice from financial advisors.
By working together to remove barriers to advancement and increase access to opportunities, Scotiabank strives to create a more inclusive and resilient world for everyone. And for every future.
LIVE: Let your pride flag wave!
Pride is about community, visibility, and celebrating being true to yourself. As administrators, educators, and students what can we learn from each other, and how can we ensure dialogue remains open and receptive to new ideas? Episode 9 airs May 25.
50 years: A message from the Governor General!
“In our ever-changing world, the results of this partnership are tangible. It is creating a modern, skilled workforce, which in turn is bringing tremendous vitality to communities in over 25 countries around the world.” Read the full congratulatory message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon!
Webinar: Don’t forget about trees in your GHG inventory
Taking inventory of greenhouse gases emissions reducing your waste is a big job, and planting trees can help! Investigate how reforesting your campuses, converting your lawns to canopied areas, and rehabilitating other natural areas is about more than just beautifying your campus. Webinar: June 1.
Did you know that Collège LaSalle recently became the first postsecondary institution in Canada to participate in Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program by offsetting the carbon footprint of international students traveling to its Canadian campuses? As part of its environmental strategy, Collège LaSalle (also a member of the LCI Education network) will purchase carbon offsets for student travel and Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) for employees who travel with Air Canada. Each year, 1,500 students from over 100 countries travel to Canada to study at these establishments! (SDG 13)
Cégep de Sherbrooke named Éric Gagné as director general. Okanagan College appointed Jenn Goodwin as its new associate vice president College Relations.
Banff, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Send Us Your News
One of our main goals at Colleges and Institutes Canada is to champion and share the innovations and awesomeness of our members. You can help! We want to hear about your new applied research, industry and community partnerships, international education, important financial investments and more. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your media mailing lists! We’ll share member institution News Releases and other upcoming announcements online and with our national media contacts based in Ottawa.