Statement from Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions reaffirm support for 2SLGBTQI+ community

September 20, 2023

I am alarmed by recent policy decisions from the governments of New Brunswick and Saskatchewan that have led to regressive claw backs on queer and trans children’s rights to privacy and safety in schools. Their actions ignore the reality of violence, harassment and bullying we know many trans and genderdiverse youth face at home and in their communities. 

By enacting these policies, these governments have condoned the hateful behaviour of people across the country who are targeting and endangering trans children. In this climate of rising hate, Canada’s schools should be inclusive and safe spaces for children and staff to be present and protected, not places that out kids to potentially unsupportive families. 

Politicians must be held accountable to make evidence-based, compassionate decisions that prioritize human rights and support the protection of marginalized communities such as 2SLGBTQI+ youth from violence and harassment. 

A silver lining in all of this has been the swift action taken by workers and their unions across the country. As news of hate-based marches and protests spread, so too did plans for counter-protests, often organized by unions, labour councils, and federations of labour. Standing in solidarity against hate and injustice has always been a cornerstone of the labour movement, and that was proven again this week. 

I am proud to be part of the fight against regressive and hate-motivated actions like the recent decisions in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan and the increasing harassment of trans youth. 

Canada’s unions will always fight for a fairer, just, and more equitable future for all – including children.  

-Bea 

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