The St. James-Assiniboia School Division (SJASD) strives to provide a welcoming, safe, caring and inclusive environment for all our students and staff.
The Division understands that discrimination can have a profound impact on students and staff. In contrast, individuals that see themselves reflected broadly in the school environment have a greater sense of belonging and are more likely to succeed academically and in their careers. Belonging can also help students grow into responsible citizens ready to participate in a diverse democratic society characterized by many different perspectives and beliefs.
The Division continues to work to identify barriers that may be preventing students from reaching their full potential. Additionally, through inclusive teaching practices that focus on the priorities of our Strategic Plan, the Division strives to foster supportive environments that enable all staff and students to succeed.
SJASD work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is led by our Administrator of Equity and Diversity, as well as our DEI Advisory Committee, which is composed of students and staff from equity-seeking groups.
Initiatives, related policies, and legislative considerations Human sexuality education & support for 2SLGBTQIA+ students
SJASD's DEI work is reflected in the following provincial requirement and SJASD policy. It's also grounded in the following provincial and federal legislation that ensures the services we provide protect the human rights of our entire school community:
In response to questions and misunderstandings about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, SJASD has developed a question-and-answer document to provide clarity to caregivers on what is taught, and how 2SLGBTQIA+ students are supported in our schools.
Human sexuality education in SJASD schools follows strict requirements as set out in Manitoba's Physical Education and Health Education curriculum. SJASD wants caregivers to understand that our support for 2SLGBTQIA+ students is separate, grounded in legislation, and prioritizes the wellbeing of our students. We recommend caregivers review the following document:Note: For additional questions, including what is specifically being taught in your child's classroom, please follow up with your child's teacher and/or school administrator.
If you have questions about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, or want to know more about DEI work in SJASD, please contact the Administrator of Diversity and Equity, Manuel Gomes at 204-837-5886 ext. 2145 or email@example.com