In response to the lack of inclusion in the 2016 Canadian Census, the Centre has written an official letter to the Minister & Chief Statistician.
Take a moment to read: 8 Things Trans And Intersex People Need To Know About The 2016 Canadian Census
We recently received an official response from the Connie Graziadei, Assistant Chief Statistician. Please click here to read the response
We encourage everyone to write a note in solidarity to Minister Navdeep Bains: Navdeep.Bains@parl.gc.ca; and Chief Statistician Wayne Smith: STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca, and ask for the immediate inclusion of gender diversity in the 2016 Canadian Census.
This letter was mailed to May 5, 2016 :
Dear Minister Navdeep Bains, and Chief Statistician Wayne Smith,
On behalf of the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity we ask that you please immediately update the 2016 Canadian Census to reflect the diversity of our country, and take steps to ensure that future Censuses include all Canadians.
In 2016, not all Canadians identify as male or female. These options exclude a variety of identities, including Canadians that are intersex, dyadic, trans, genderfluid, genderqueer, agender, bigender, nongender, gender non confirming, and those who identify with more than one gender label. More over these binary labels (male & female) exclude two spirit individuals, which creates additional barriers to true reconciliation and addressing challenges that intersectional queer & trans people face.
Our notion of gender has evolved, and as a nation universities, schools, institutions, businesses, community organizations, and even facebook have made their spaces more accessible and welcoming to gender minorities.
We believe in the Canadian Census, and believe that if it accurately collects data it can truly be used to help some of Canada most marginalized and at risk communities. Trans and gender-minority Canadians are among those marginalized people, and they deserve to be reflected in our national research.
We would be proud to work with you in consulting with our community to develop options for the 2021 Census. We are also happy to offer you & your team free training (as per our mandate) on the diversity of our communities, and its history & culture.
We look forward to hearing from you,
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