Min. of Ed. Pronoun/Name Policy Review

Min. of Ed. Pronoun/Name Policy Review

On August 22, 2023, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education announced a new policy entitled “The Use of Preferred First Name and Pronouns by Students.” This policy primarily relates to transgender K-12 students.

The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission received concerns about this policy from a number of different stakeholders. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018 prohibits discrimination and harassment based on gender identity. Freedom of expression is also protected under the provisions of the Code.

On September 8, 2023, the Commission began a review of the Ministry of Education policy in accordance with the Commission’s mandate under the Code requiring the Commission to pursue measures to address alleged systemic patterns of discrimination. It is the policy of the Commission to work systemically with stakeholders to reach amicable resolutions to issues wherever possible. Over time, the Commission has developed a detailed and effective process for systemic review which includes research, investigation, and stakeholder consultation.

  • Discussions with stakeholders are underway.
  • We received responses from the public through a survey tool.
  • The Commission will also receive written submissions on this issue – email them to: [email protected]


On October 20, 2023, the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly passed final reading of Bill 137 [pdf] which made key aspects of this policy into legislation.