BC Parents Protesters Hold Ongoing Rally Against Sexual Orientation Resources in Schools

BC Parents Protesters Hold Ongoing Rally Against Sexual Orientation Resources in Schools

A group in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland has been holding protests 24 hours a day for several days calling for an end to sexual orientation and gender ideology (SOGI) resources in schools.

A teaching resource called SOGI 123 is used in schools to teach children about inclusivity and social and gender issues.

Videos of the Abbotsford protests have been circulating on social media, showing protesters holding signs that read “Stop SOGI 123” and “Our Kids Our Choice: Parents Have Rights.”

“We are dedicated to this cause, we are serious about it,” Kanwalijit Singh told The Epoch Times. He said they had been protesting the issue for several months.

The goal, Mr. Singh said, was to protest 24 hours a day for seven straight days.

“Every day it’s a few hundred people coming on and off, on and off,” he said. “A few people have been staying with me since day one. They’re like, ‘We’re not going to let you stay alone.’ We have two to three people every night.”

In one of the videos posted by Mr. Singh, several tents are set up, there are bathrooms available, and even a generator is at hand for those who are protesting.

Mr. Singh said his goal was to stay until noon on Dec. 31 to raise awareness of what is going on with schools and what is being taught under SOGI 123.

“It just came to me that I need to because the children are being told to change their gender and all these pornographic books in their faces, and children being confused about whether they’re boys or girls,” he said. “We have many cases from parents letting us know what’s going on in schools.”


One of the parents protesting, Pierre Barns, said he started fighting against SOGI 123 when his daughter was exposed to “content I did not like.”

“I started to communicate with a school board and I was actually able to remove three books,” he said.

“We want to have discussions,” he added. “We want to have more discussions from the other side.”

He said they’ve had support from the community, but not from educators.

“We won’t stop until the school board will come and talk to us.”

According to the ARC Foundation, which created SOGI 123 materials, all 60 school districts in B.C. use SOGI. The ARC Foundation has been described as a charity that “collaborates with educators so that students of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live their authentic lives.”
The organization’s website offers template lessons that teachers can use to promote inclusivity in the classroom.

Petition Against Education Minister

The protesters have put together a petition in an attempt to get rid of B.C’s education minister, Rachna Singh.

One of the organizers, Zanbka Malik, told The Epoch Times they were “trying very hard” to bring about change because of what is being taught in the schools, including SOGI.

She said they had been raising awareness about their concerns for months.

“In the next election, this will make a big uproar,” Ms. Malik said. “We are just keeping the issue alive. They are not listening.”

She said she spoke to Ms. Singh on the phone about the issue and was told by the education minister that it was a matter of equality and humanitarian concerns.

“They are running away,” she said.

A recall campaign against Ms. Singh was approved by Elections B.C. in November. Organizers have until Jan. 29, 2024, to get 40 percent of voters in her Surrey-Green Timbers riding to sign a petition to be successful.

The Epoch Times reached out to Ms. Singh but did not hear back by publication time.

Ms. Malik said that she was worried about how quickly freedoms are disappearing.

“They don’t let anyone talk.”

Countrywide Protests

The Abbotsford protests follow similar displays across the country, including one on Sept. 20 called the 1 Million March for Children.

During the protests, thousands turned out, including some who showed up to counter-protest.

The event was in response to parents’ concerns over SOGI being used in schools. The organizers’ main website lists their goals as eliminating the SOGI curriculum, preferred pronouns, and mixed-gender bathrooms.

Counter-protesters said the rallies were an attack on the LGBT community. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP MPs Blake Desjarlais and Matthew Green joined the counter-protesters in Ottawa.

Similar rallies were held in various cities across Canada on Oct. 21, a month after the first 1 Million March was organized.
Andrew Chen, Noé Chartier, Matthew Horwood, and Neil Sharma contributed to this report.

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