June is the month traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity. The month of June is also designated as Pride Month in Canada, which for the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community is a sign and symbol of love and inclusion.  

Drawing on the example of Christ, who preached a message of love and inclusion throughout His ministry, our Catholic schools are called to ensure we are nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments, where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.  

As Catholics, we believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to know, love and celebrate one another, just as God knows, loves and celebrates each one of us because we are “wonderfully made.” We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with sensitivity, compassion and respect.  

Throughout the month of June, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and will journey with the 2SLGBTQ+ community in creating spaces of welcome in a search of dignity and justice for all. We ask for God’s grace as we continue to proclaim the Good News in our schools and across our community.   

Age-appropriate Information

The information shared with students will be age-appropriate and consistent with grade-level curriculum expectations. As with all material that is taught in our Catholic schools, it will be presented through the lens of our Catholic faith.  

Kindergarten – Grade 4 

The learning goals for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 will be focused on:  

  • Identifying and explaining how the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to love us and to be in relationship with God.    
  • Identifying and explaining how the rainbow is a sign of inclusion for all people – particularly for those people who have been excluded or discriminated against.  
  • Understanding what a gender stereotype is and how it can be harmful (e.g.  “you throw like a girl”, “only boys can be race car drivers”).
  • Explaining why it is important to feel like we belong, regardless of our preferences. 
  • Identifying who might have felt excluded from our community and why.
  • Identifying and celebrating what makes us unique.  
  • Identifying the connection between “inclusion” and “belonging”. 
  • Creating learning environments that are welcoming for us and for our peers.   
  • Identifying what to do if a learning environment doesn’t feel welcoming for us or for our peers.  
  • Explaining Pride Month as a way of celebrating and being proud of being “wonderfully made” by God. 
  • Celebrating the different ways people live in relationships.  

Grades 5-8 

The learning goals for students in Grades 5 through 8 will be focused on: 

  • Identifying and explaining how the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise to love us and to be in relationship with God.    
  • Explaining why it is important to feel like we belong.   
  • Identifying and explaining how the rainbow is a sign of inclusion for all people – particularly for those people who are a part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community  
  • Explaining the dangers of stereotypes and how stereotypes can lead to stigmatization   
  • Identifying how members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community might feel excluded from other communities  
  • Identifying and celebrating what makes us unique  
  • Identifying the connection between “inclusion” and “belonging”   
  • Creating learning environments that are welcoming and safe for every one of our peers especially our 2SLGBTQ+ community  
  • Creating learning environments that are welcoming for us and for our peers   
  • Identifying what to do if a learning environment doesn’t feel welcoming for us or for our peers  
  • Explaining Pride Month as a way of celebrating being proud of being wonderfully made by God  
  • Celebrating the different ways people live in family 

Grades 9-12 

At the secondary school level, student learning goals will be focused on:   

  • Explaining the history of Pride and the significance of Pride Month to the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 
  • Reaffirming that members of the 2SLGBTQ+ belong, are loved and valued in our HCDSB Catholic schools. 
  • Connecting students, staff and parents to resources in the community to support 2SLGBTQ+ identity and wellness. 
  • Establishing a knowledge base and foundation that can be built upon within the HCDSB to affirm the dignity and belonging of 2SLGBTQ+ students throughout the year. 

Upcoming System Recognition Days 

Tuesday, June 1st 

We will launch Pride Month with HCDSB Rainbow Day – a day to love one another and celebrate our differences, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all “wonderfully made.” 

Monday, June 14th

We will hold a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools where all students can feel a true sense of belonging. 

In addition to the system-wide events, schools are encouraged to work with their Catholic School Councils to plan local activities to raise awareness around Pride Month in their school community.   

To learn more, please visit our website at hcdsb.org

This June, and each day of every month, we are dedicated to nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools.  

Pat Daly
Director of Education