HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government will spend $750,000 over the next three years to support an LGBTQ advocacy group that will travel the province to help create safe, inclusive and welcoming school environments for LGBTQ students.
The group, known as the Youth Project, will deliver programs, training and workshops for youth, teachers and staff.
In 2017-18, the Youth Project offered workshops that reached more than 13,000 students.
Executive director Kate Shewan says the group’s work is aimed at starting conversations around gender identity, reducing stigma and normalizing differences.
She says the group wants to make sure LGBTQ students feel validated and see themselves reflected within the school environment and curriculum.
Education Minister Zach Churchill issued a statement saying the funding will help the Youth Project expand its positive and inclusive training.
“Every student should feel safe, valued and welcomed at school,” the minister said.
The Canadian Press