Tracey Wilson's doctors determined she had gender dysphoria, but the Catholic school she attended indicated it could not accommodate her request to be treated as a girl.Wilson's family moved Tracey and her siblings to the public school system and filed a human rights complaint, which has now been resolved with the school board's new policy.In 2010, the hospital established Angel's Cradle, the first modern Baby hatch in Canada where mothers could anonymously provide their newborns to the hospital rather than abandon them elsewhere.Thirty seconds after a baby has been placed inside the modern version of a 'foundling wheel', a sensor alerts emergency staff.
Lauson said the policy strikes an appropriate balance between meeting the needs of students and respecting the school board's religious teachings. Our schools will be as inclusive as we can while still retaining our Catholic identity." Tracey, who is preparing to enter Grade 6, has spent nearly two years in the public system, which she describes as "amazing." She and her siblings have no plans to return to her former Catholic school.
"This is, as far as we know, certainly a North American first and probably a world first," said the Wilson family's lawyer, barbara findlay, who spells her name without capital letters.
"Not only is it important for the students in Vancouver who go to Catholic schools, but it will serve as a template for other Catholic school districts everywhere." The document, released by the archdiocese Wednesday, said students' needs will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
VANCOUVER -- Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender children.
The lawyer for the 11-year-old transgender girl behind the complaint says Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese appears to be the first Catholic school board in North American to implement such a policy.