No Pride, No Funding for Ontario Catholic School Boards (#NoPrideNoFunding)

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Whereas, English-language Catholic school boards ("Catholic boards") are publicly-funded by the Province of Ontario; and

Whereas, in 2020 only 10 of 29 Catholic boards recognized June as Pride Month, where among those 10 Catholic boards there were challenges in using the Pride flag as a symbol for Pride Month; and

Whereas, Ontario cities in the 10 Catholic boards that did not recognize June as Pride Month include Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Oakville, and Burlington, which are among the largest 14 cities in Ontario by population; and

Whereas, decisions not to recognize, or non-decisions to recognize, Pride Month in Catholic boards, while typically argued on religious grounds, are grounded in systemic homophobia and transphobia and follow a history of not recognizing fully the human-rights-protected identities of 2SLGBTQ+ students; and

Whereas, the continued non-full-recognition of the human-rights-protected identities of 2SLGBTQ+ students in Catholic boards, represented in any continued non-recognition of Pride Month, is harmful to the learning and wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ students in Catholic boards and perpetuates systemic homophobia and systemic transphobia throughout Ontario; and

Whereas, in a just society, in areas of government subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, where there is a conflict between the rights and needs of children and the religious rights of adults, the rights and needs of children should prevail; and

Whereas, the largest 14 Ontario cities by population are Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, London, Markham, Vaughan, Kitchener, Windsor, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Burlington, and Oshawa; be it

Resolved, that if any of the Catholic school boards which include the 14 largest Ontario cities by population do not recognize June 2021 as Pride Month and do not use the Pride flag as a symbol for Pride Month, the Government of Ontario will formally agree with the Government of Canada to amend section 93 of the Constitution Act to remove the requirement for funding of all Catholic boards or separate boards in Ontario.