Canadian gov’t-funded ‘trans-affirming toolkit’ claims ‘gender binary’ is a colonial construct
The document focuses strongly on assertions of ‘colonialism’ in education and the need to ‘dismantle’ it.
(LifeSiteNews) — A federally funded “toolkit” for educators in Canada presents ahistorical and left-wing ideological agenda items instead of solidly based facts to educate teachers about transgenderism.
“The toolkit’s stated purpose is to teach teachers about transgender-identifying students, but its nearly-100 pages are dripping with social justice theory, leftist identity politics and various false claims about biology, history and sex,” Jamie Sarkonak wrote in a Monday opinion column for Canada’s National Post.
The 94-page document, which includes a “land acknowledgement” suggesting the land on which the document was drafted was previously occupied by a smattering of tribal peoples including the “Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Chonnonton Nations,” was created by Western University professor of equity and social justice education Wayne Martino, Ph.D. candidate and teacher Jenny Klassen, and school board strategic business analyst Kenan Omercajic.
The document is the result of a study bankrolled by the Canadian government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
According to Sarkonak’s analysis, the “toolkit” presents a “comically false framing of biological sex,” overcomplicating the matter and then asserting that the “gender binary,” i.e., the fact there are only men and women, “is a colonial and white supremacist structure rather than a natural and indisputable truth.”
“It is disappointing, indeed, to know that this propagandistic pseudo-scholarship is created by people employed by public institutions, funded by public money and intended for use in public schools,” she wrote.
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