Celebrating Diversity


Burnaby Schools celebrate diversity. We are proud to be a leader in creating inclusive, welcoming environments in our schools. We strive to provide engaging learning opportunities to inspire each child to reach their potential. We want all students to flourish and we have policies that support inclusivity.

Our Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity policy (SOGI) is one such policy. It has been in place since June 2011. The 49ͼ built the policy through a collaborative process, including reaching out to the public and other stakeholders for input.

It’s our job to ensure Burnaby Schools are friendly and safe learning environments, and the SOGI policy is a part of that. The District follows the curriculum for each grade level provided by the BC Ministry of Education. Students experience lessons that promote understanding of the diverse society in which we live, and they learn to treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of our differences.

Read Understanding SOGI Policy and See the Link to Frequently Asked Questions About SOGI in Burnaby Schools

Our schools reflect the increasingly global nature of the Burnaby community. Learning first-hand about other perspectives provides students with deeper connections to the world around them.

– Burnaby Now, June 2023
Celebrating With Pride in Who You Are – June 2023
Sharing Culture and Celebrating Expressions of Who We Are – March 2023
– Burnaby Now, February 2023
Pink Shirt Day: Learning and Action – February 2023
Schools Raise Pride Flag for the First Time – June 2022
Pride Flag Raised in Advance of IDAHAT Celebration – May 2022
– Burnaby Now, May 2022
Pink Shirt Day: Lifting Each Other Up– February 2022
Students Celebrate World Kindness Day – November 2021
– Burnaby Beacon, November 2021
We’ve Got Pride – June 2021
Virtual Event Supports LGBTQ+ Community – May 2021
– Burnaby Now, May 2021
– Burnaby Now, May 2021
Pink Shirt Day in Burnaby Schools – February 2021
– Burnaby Now, February 2021
– Burnaby Now, October 2020
– Burnaby Now, May 2020
Supporting LGBTQ+ Community: Annual Event Reimagined – May 2020
– Burnaby Now, May 2020
Pink Shirt Day in Burnaby Schools & in the Community – February 2020
Diversity Dance – February 2020
– Burnaby Now, September 2019
– Burnaby Now, September 2019
– Georgia Straight, August 2019
– Burnaby Now, April 2019
Beyond the Pink: Celebrating Diversity and Kindness in Burnaby Schools – February 2019
– Global News, February 2019
– The Georgia Straight, February 2019
– Burnaby Now, February 2019
– Burnaby Now, December 2018
– CTV News, November 2018
– Burnaby Now, November 2018
– Burnaby Now, August 2018