Justin Trudeau can’t get enough of making suspicious plans to breach the impregnable fortress called Saskatchewan. From funding institutes to further his political agenda to creating anti-hate toolkits, Trudeau has his eyes set on one of the strongest right-wing camps in the country. But, the province is poised to not suffer at Trudeau’s hands.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network’s anti-hate toolbox is not encouraged by the Saskatchewan government for use by schools.
The network, which monitors and reports on groups or people inciting hate toward “identifiable groups” listed in Canadian law, claims that the toolkit is a resource to identify and fight hate in schools.
The entire text is written in Canadian, and Saskatchewan is mentioned three times. However, the province claims it does not match their requirements.
“The toolkit does not meet criteria such as being high quality, free from bias as reasonably possible, and having appropriate and significant Saskatchewan context,” a spokesperson for Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education said in a statement on Oct. 13.
The federal government says on its website that the toolkit will provide “a comprehensive anti-racism education program to help equip educators, parents, and communities to better identify, confront, and prevent hate in schools across Canada.”
The project is supported by the Anti-Racism Action Program of the Government of Canada, which aims to remove obstacles to social, economic, and legal participation for Indigenous people, racialized communities, and religious minorities, as well as to combat online hatred and advance digital literacy.
Confronting Hate in Canadian Schools was a toolkit that was developed with $268,400 in federal funds and released in June. The Canadian anti-hate toolkit is not advised, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, which told the educational community on September 20.
According to the ministry, schools and school systems can locate a variety of resources utilising the Learning Resource Selection Guidelines 2022 and lists found on the curriculum website rather than using the toolkit.
Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network has shown disappointment over the province discouraging the education sector from using the toolkit.
“B.C. says it’s already putting it on a recommended list, before we even reached out to them. We have some meetings lined up with other provinces. So everywhere else, the response has been neutral to positive. So Saskatchewan has been an outlier,” Balgord said.
Samantha Becotte, president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, says she’s surprised the province is discouraging the use of this toolkit.
“It’s the first time from my knowledge where they’ve come and discouraged something rather than approving it,” Becotte said.
Becotte says Saskatchewan teachers are well trained and able to decide for themselves what materials, anti-hate or otherwise, are appropriate for dealing with intolerance in the classroom.
“The teachers that I represent are highly educated and they’re trained to evaluate and choose the resources that they use in their classroom,” said Becotte.
Becotte says she trusts Saskatchewan teachers to make the right call about the toolkit.
“We would expect that those decisions be made by teachers who know their students and know their communities.”
The Sixties Scoop, which “tore Indigenous babies from their mothers’ arms under discriminatory policies that intended to destroy their culture and communal relationships,” is mentioned in the toolkit as it relates to Saskatchewan.
The “Starlight Tours,” in which Saskatchewan and Manitoba police would transport Indigenous men to isolated locations and “leave them there in the thick of a bitter Prairie winter,” are also mentioned.
The anti-hate toolkit has become political in the province. The Prime Minister wanted to impose anti-White tools on Canadians but the province discouraged it. We have witnessed in the past how the Prime Minister was in a bid to grant whopping millions of dollars to fund the institutions. He tried to use academia as a tool to further his propaganda. He wanted to weed out nationalism from the minds of his countrymen and inculcate liberal ideas— and the best way to get into that is through constructive programming that will start with the young minds of the province. But, Saskatchewan knows rightly how to free itself from the clutches of the Liberal poster boy and his irrational diktats.