Gender Equity and 2SLGBTQIA+

A Little History

  1. 1977 – The Canadian Human Rights Act was passed creating laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of sex and ensuring equal pay for work of equal value for women.
  2. 1981 – Rights are enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  3. 1996 – Sexual orientation was added to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  4. 2005 – Same-sex marriage became legal nation-wide
  5. 2017 – Gender expression and gender identity added to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Canada took action against gender-based violence with the publication of Itʼs Time: Canadaʼs Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Need Help? Support is Available

Women and gender diverse people are entitled to human rights and equality in Canada.

Supporting people with 2SLGBTQIA+ Lived Experience

Small changes in behaviour can make a difference. Have a look at these useful resources to broaden your understanding and update your awareness. As with any dynamic language, these terms change frequently:

Pronouns Matter—Using someone’s correct name and gender pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their identity. It is a simple thing we can ALL do.

Language Is Always Changing

Another way we show respect is to listen for new terms and look them up. The resources listed here are continuously updated: PFLAG List of Terms.

Language basics: Often it is helpful to know why certain words are used (or not). This chart will help to sort out some common terms.

Two Spirit: Exploring the history and meaning

  • Our Place in the Circle: This National Film Board short documentary is a moving introduction to Two Spirit history and cultural importance.