Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission asks province to reconsider pronoun bill

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission asks province to reconsider pronoun bill


REGINA — The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is asking the province to reconsider its proposed pronoun legislation, saying it infringes upon the rights of students.

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is asking the province to reconsider its proposed pronoun legislation, saying it infringes upon the rights of students. 

In a letter, the commission says invoking the notwithstanding clause to override the provincial Human Rights Code significantly affects the rights of minors. 

It says the code is meant to protect all residents equally and doesn’t single out the relationship a child has with a parent. 

The commission is asking the province to consult with it on the legislation. 

The bill would prevent children under 16 from changing their names or pronouns at school without parental consent. 

Heather Kuttai resigned this week from her position as a Saskatchewan’s human rights commissioner, calling the policy an attack on transgender and gender-diverse youth.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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