Destination: School Councils are reflections of the diversity in our Province. Parent voices are incorporated in the education system both locally and provincially, and are inclusive to parents of varying ethnic origin, ancestry, race, colour, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, political belief, marital status, socioeconomic status, and physical or mental ability.
Pronouns are an essential piece to the many diverse people expressing themselves, and respectfully referring to others. Indicating pronouns enables people to better share about themselves and be more respectfully treated.
Sharing your own gender pronoundemonstrates acknowledgement of, and respect for diversity and gender identity. Sharing your own pronouns is the best way to encourage other people to share their pronouns, to help make them more comfortable to share their pronouns with you.
Gender pronouns have come into use as a way of promoting equity and inclusion.
Pronouns refer to a unique and individual person. Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment.
"... actively choosing to ignore the pronouns someone has stated that they go by could imply the oppressive notion that intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people do not or should not exist." (from MyPronouns.org website with extensive information and resources on Personal Pronouns)
“We endorse International Pronouns Day, which seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. We encourage colleges, schools, workplaces, and local organizations to hold educational and empowering events on International Pronouns Day.”