Below you will find information and resources for teachers & school staff who are interested in helping students start or maintain a GSA at their school.
Alberta Policies for Staff Supporting a GSA
Legislation: Alberta School Act 2017
Note: There is no requirement in the legislation for parental notification or consent for a student to participate in a GSA/QSA.
Alberta Policies for Parental Consent
As per the 2014 Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Bill 10 amendments to the Alberta School Act & Alberta Education Act, there is no requirement for parental notification by a teacher when instructional materials include discussion of gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression (see Section 58.1 (1)). Notification is only required when instructional materials are primarily dealing with religion or human sexuality (for example: sexual health, STIs, contraception).
For more information visit the Alberta Education website.
Government of Alberta: FAQ About the Alberta School Act (2015)
GSA Types & Tips
GSAs come in all types! Form a GSA that works best for your school, whether that is creating a hangout space, an activist group, or anything in between. Check out the types of activities GSA clubs are doing across Alberta on our new GSA Activities Blog or pour les ressources en français visite Mon AAH: Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta!
The Alberta Teachers’ Association has a great guide on how to start & support a GSA:
GSAs and QSAs in Alberta Schools: A guide for teachers, Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2015
Alberta Teachers’ Association Policy on GSAs
At its 2005 Annual Representative Assembly, the ATA approved the following policy: “BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alberta Teachers’ Association support the establishment of gay-straight alliance groups to create awareness and action that promotes the creation of safe learning environments for all students in Alberta high schools.”
(Alberta Teachers’ Association, 2016)
Supporting GSAs & Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Elementary School Resources for classrooms:
ATA PRISM Toolkit: Elementary Edition for Safe and Caring Discussions About Sexual and Gender Diversity (English)
PRISME Ecole Primaire: Trousse d’outils Pour Créer un Espace Protégé Propice aux Discussions sur la Diversité Sexuelles et de Genre (Français)
Junior and Senior High School Resources for classrooms:
ATA PRISM Toolkit: Secondary Edition for Safe and Caring Discussions About Sexual and Gender Diversity (English)
PRISME Ecole Secondaire en français – arrive bientôt!
Ressources en français:
Francophonie Jeunesse de l’Alberta Ressources pour les AAH!
Government of Alberta Tip Sheets:
Starting A GSA or QSA in your School
Best Practices for Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Gender Expressions
Homophobic Bullying: Tips for Youth
Homophobic Bullying: Tips for Parents
Transphobic Bullying: Tips
Calgary Sexual Health Centre FAQ:
Understanding Alberta Education’s LGBTQ Guidelines
FAQs about GSAs
Government of Alberta
Government of Alberta Policies