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High school students in Guelph plan walkout in protest of sex-ed and Indigenous curriculum rewrite

High school students in Guelph have arranged to leave their classrooms at 1 p.m. and will gather at Guelph City Hall until 3 p.m. on Friday, September 21
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Many high school students in Guelph say they'll be staging a walkout as a peaceful protest against the PC government's revised sex-ed and Indigenous curriculum.

Premier Doug Ford had pledged to repeal and replace the curriculum, which the Liberals updated in 2015, however students will be taught a revised version of the curriculum introduced in 1998. 

He also dismissed a plan to revise the province's social studies and history curriculums to add Indigenous content.

Both moves have sparked anger from some teachers, parents, and students who say the sex-ed document is outdated, and the government has missed an opportunity to tell the full and complicated story of Canada by not including Indigenous content from the curriculum.

On Friday September 21, students from Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, Saint James Catholic High School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, and Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School have arranged to leave their classrooms at 1 p.m. and will gather at Guelph City Hall until 3 p.m.

Organizers Elise Kephart and Sequoia Kim say the protest is meant for students to stand together for inclusion, respect, and truth.

They say student leaders will be on hand to share their thoughts, they will provide petitions, and will be collecting donations.

The community has also been invited to attend the walkout.

In a release, Kephart and Kim write "Sex Ed saves lives. Indigenous studies are mandatory studies. We the students do not consent."


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