About this Event
It's NOT 1998, It's 2018!
Event: Peaceful Demonstration, Family Friendly
Location: Norm Miller's Constituency Office, Bracebridge
Purpose: Keep the 2015 Curriculum during the review process
JOIN US as Women's March Muskoka calls upon Muskoka-Parry Sound MPP, Norm Miller(PC), to explain the broken election promise of consultation and what he's going to do to retain the 2015 curriculum until the consultation process is complete. We will also demand he explain how, taking the education curriculum backwards 20 years is going to be good for our children.
“In an age where kids have cell phones and access to the internet, they need an education that helps them learn how to be healthy and stay safe – that includes understanding diversity, personal boundaries, and coping with the speed and stress of modern day life.” ~ Hannah Lin, Executive Director, YWCA Muskoka
This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY peaceful protest and we invite everyone, with an interest in moving the curriculum forward, not backward, is WELCOME!
The Women's March Muskoka team will be on-hand from NOON with art supplies so that you can create your own messages.
The key themes of this protest are:
~Move education forward not backwards
~No unilateral action without consultation
~Ford’s campaign promise was consultation. Keep your promises
~2015 curriculum is NOT Sex-Ed it is EDUCATION and encompasses a wide variety of areas.
~We should all be able to agree that children need education on consent, , healthy relationships, sexting, cyberbullying and online predators. These will ALL be lost
~We do NOT need to go back 20 years, to a time before most children had cell phones, to be able to move forward.
~Moving back to 1998 (the year Google was founded) is not a win for anyone and especially not our province’s children.
This action is in support of March for Our Education taking place in Toronto on Saturday July 21st between 11am and 4pm.
In an effective backlash against the #MeToo and gay #Pride movements, Doug Ford today announced that he is trashing the updated, well-researched 2015 Sex Ed Curriculum and replace it with the previous 1998 curriculum. Ford also CANCELLED Plans to update the curriculum with Indigenous Content. This is an unprecedented assault on students' right to a fair and up to date education and is a deliberate insult to the LGBTQ+ and Indigenous communities of Ontario.
This decision effectively PREVENTS teachers from teaching about CONSENT, Online Bullying and Sexting, Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity. These are issues that can affect the LIFE AND DEATH of students across the province and need to be addressed. Instead, the old 1998 curriculum is older than any student that currently attends school in Ontario and existed well before the smartphone, personal laptop and internet age.
Doug Ford also plans to prevent Indigenous content from being written into the education curriculum. While the rest of Canada works towards truth and reconciliation to the right the wrongs of the past and education our children for the future, Doug frankly couldn't care less for our Indigenous people.
We must demand that the 2015 Sex Ed curriculum be restored and the curriculum be rewritten as previously planned to include Indigenous Content. We must stop the Ford government from trampling on the education of our students and insulting and degrading communities across the Province. We need to show Ford that his actions are unacceptable and make our voices heard
Terms of the March
We will use no violence (physical or verbal) towards any person.
We will not destroy or damage property.
We will promote a tone of respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability in our actions.
We will not carry anything that can be construed as a weapon, nor possess (or consume) any alcohol or drugs.
We are nonpartisan, and will use the Women’s March primarily to express our support for women’s rights and human rights in our communities and the country, rather than to criticize politicians or political parties.
We will all hold each other accountable to respecting these agreements.
165 Manitoba Street, Bracebridge, ON, Canada