How to identify discrimination?
An action or decision that treats a person or group negatively based on their race, age, or disability.
A form of discrimination that involves any form of physical or verbal behaviour that is meant to humiliate or offend.
Discrimination or prejudice against someone based on their race or ethnicity.
What is the impact of discrimination?
Discrimination can impact someone in a variety of ways:
- It leaves people feeling mad, sad, or angry.
- They may have a lowered self-esteem, and start to believe what people are saying is true.
- They may feel alone and scared for their safety.
- It can make people do and act ways they normally wouldn’t.
"When I started school here, there was so much I had to learn..."
"I need to learn English and how to interact in this new environment. I also needed to learn that it was okay to reach out for help if someone wasn’t treating me fairly.
I don’t have to just deal with it or take care of it myself. There are people here who want to help me."
What to look for?
The Canadian Human Rights Act protects us against discrimination. Treating individuals and groups negatively for the following reasons is considered discriminatory:
- Race, colour, or ethnicity.
- National or ethnic origin.
- Sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
SOGI Inclusive Schools
All Surrey Schools are SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) inclusive and all students should feel free from discrimination. Reach out if you or someone else is being discriminated against.
Everyone will be well-informed of and equipped with appropriate and respectful language.
Proactive and reactive measures that include sexual orientation and gender identity will impact all students.
Students will have the right to self-identification, which includes the name by which they wish to be addressed and the preferred pronouns that correspond to their gender identity.
Students will have the right to the confidentiality of their official and/or preferred sex, gender, and name.
Students may express their gender identity or gender expression through what they wear to school. A dress code should be as all-inclusive as possible, which may include removing pronouns.
GENDER INTEGRATED AND INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES
Integrated and inclusive activities will enable students to join teams and groups that they feel correspond with their gender identity.
All staff will be provided with knowledge and tools to develop a broad understanding of SOGI and the impact on students.
Classroom materials and activities will contain positive images and accurate information about sexual and/or gender diversity.
Individuals may choose to use washrooms and change rooms that match their gender identity, including non-gendered single-stall washrooms and change rooms.
INCLUSIVE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students will be included and accommodated for in all extra-curricular activities regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, including support to set up a Gender-Sexuality Alliance/Gay-Straight Alliance or similar club.
Want to know more?
Learn more about your human rights and how you can get help.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca