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An open letter, to the Alberta Ombudsman…

To the honourable Marianne Ryan,

I am writing to you today on behalf of parents, grandparents, guardians, concerned families, and adult residents of Alberta.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you open a public provincial inquiry and/or investigation into:

  • Alberta Education
  • the Office of the Minister of Education
  • the Alberta Teachers Association
  • the Alberta School Boards Association
  • the Edmonton Public School District
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Medicine Hat Public School District #76
  • Lethbridge School District #51
  • Battle River School Division
  • Sturgeon Public School Division
  • St Paul Education Regional Division No. 1 [Edit: request for investigation of this division is withdrawn]

The purpose of the inquiry/investigation would be to identify the individuals responsible for the pattern of misconduct and abuse of human rights that is affecting the province of Alberta, so that appropriate disciplinary actions or reprimands may be given, and to see appropriate checks and balances implemented to prevent further abuse and/or negligence from continuing to occur within all levels of the Alberta Ministry of Education.

The undersigned understand the scope, and the resources and time undertaking such an investigation would require. As taxpaying residents, we believe that our money would be well spent if it meant protecting our children and our rights from further abuse.

We also hope that you understand the gravity of the abuses which we perceive to be occurring systemically throughout Alberta Education. Not since the time of the residential schools has the government, in the eyes of the public, so blatantly abused the human rights of the governed. In so doing, all trust and respect for Alberta Education has been destroyed in our minds. When so many have lost faith in the institution, the institution becomes incapable of fulfilling its duties, and is rendered ineffectual.

While we understand many issues have not been proven in court, and understand some may turn out to be rumor or conjecture, we do not believe this to be the case for the majority of our concerns. A proper impartial investigation would set these concerns to rest, and would engender rebuilt trust in Alberta Education, the process, and the effectualness of government.

Alberta is at a critical crossroads, nigh also Canada as a nation. Civil unrest is bubbling under the surface. Albertan’s have become disenfranchised with their government, and the refusal by all political parties, government, and civil institutions to look into our concerns has not calmed the situation. It has in fact served to deepen the frustration and tension.

As we go into our reasons for requesting that you open an inquiry and/or investigation, please [bear] in mind that we do not do this flippantly. While each case or concern may or may not have “exhausted all avenues of appeal,” we do believe that proper processes have been reasonably followed. When you have been threatened harassed and abused into silence, you become hopeless in your belief that appealing is even worth the effort and it seems pointless. It appears that no one really cares. This is why we come to you.

Our concerns, and thus our reasoning in making this request can be chiefly categorized into two primary groupings;

  1. The sexual exploitation, grooming, molestation, and interference in the physical, social, moral, and ethical development our children outside the authority and mandate of Alberta Education.
  2. The abuse and erosion of our family, parental, religious, and association rights under the Alberta Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Human Rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

While each concern may appear unique, we believe that there is enough evidence to conclude a pattern of systemic abuse of authority and position that leads back to the office of the Minister of Education and the Alberta Ministry of Education as a whole. This request does not contain details of each concern, but should our request be granted, we are certain that those individuals or groups who brought the concern forward would freely and gratefully cooperate with the investigation to see it come to a swift conclusion.

The following list of concerns is not an exhaustive list. We have filtered it to the most pressing and egregious, and believe that it outlines why we perceive there to be a systemic pattern of abuse. Those concerns  that have been filtered from this list we believe would become apparent during the course of the investigation.

The concerns that we have stem from the following:

  • Alberta Education,
    1. Alberta Education’s attempt to shut down Wisdom Home Schooling without respect to process, and without consideration to the impact upon the students who were/are under its authority.
    2. Alberta Education’s connection to Dr. Kristopher Wells, The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (ISMSS), and the GSA Network
    3. Alberta Education’s failure to screen links posted to the Alberta GSA Network website for inappropriate material.
    4. Alberta Education’s failure to implement processes and safeguards against inappropriate material be available through government funded resources.
    5. Alberta Education’s failure to punish or reprimand those responsible for the failures of the Alberta GSA Network.
    6. Alberta Education’s ongoing plan to rewrite curriculum without public understanding of who contributed to its creation or detailed explanations of what the stated goals are or why those goals were set.
  • the Office of the Minister of Education,
    1. The public insinuation that Catholic education did and does not teach spousal consent, and the implication that Catholic schools endorsed rape.
    2. The statement from the minister implying that those that did not agree with Alberta Education’s policies and actions were incapable of critical thought.
    3. The Minister’s attempt to threaten removal of and violate the religious rights of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society.
    4. The minister’s refusal to reveal who contributed to Alberta Education’s planned rewrite of school curriculum.
    5. The minister’s refusal to hear debate on Bill-24 “An act to Support Gay Straight Alliances”, the minister’s refusal to consider the ramifications of the Bill, the minister’s refusal to set age restrictions or to consider appropriateness, and allegations that the minister deceived the public as to its contents, intent, purpose and implementation.
    6. The Minister’s refusal to respond to questions regarding how school policies that are religious in nature violate Bill-24.
  • the Alberta Teachers Association,
    1. The ATA’s association, promotion, and support of Dr. Kristopher Wells, what work exactly he does for Alberta Education, and what role he plays in the education of Alberta’s children.
    2. The ATA’s resolution to attempt to undermine the Alberta Constitution, and its establishment of a public and separate education system.
    3. The ATA’s resolution to strip parents of their right to be informed when sensitive topics are brought forward in class, and their lobbying of the government to violate the human rights of Families.
    4. The ATA’s support of efforts to strip funding from independent schools, and deny Albertans their right to fund separate schools.
    5. Allegations of the ATA’s harassment and intimidation of some of its members based on their associations and personal or religious beliefs.
  • the Alberta School Boards Association,
    1. The ASBA’s support of efforts to strip funding from independent schools, and deny Albertans of their right to fund separate schools.
    2. Allegations of attempts to impose authority on Home Schooling Boards and the rights of home schooled children.
  • the Edmonton Public School District,
    1. Allegations that children have been taken off of school property by private individuals without the consent of parents, and exposed to pornographic material, sexual interference, and  child sexual grooming.
  • Calgary Board of Education (CBE),
    1. Allegations of improper process, unfair evaluation, and dismissal of a petition against the planned implementation of policy directed by the Minister of Education and the “Guidelines to Best Practices” (GTBP) document.
    2. Allegations of sexual interference/grooming within GSAs under CBE authority
    3. Allegations of violations of parental human rights and child endangerment within GSAs under CBE authority.
    4. Allegations of threats against parents, staff, and students who would reveal the internal workings of GSAs under CBE authority.
    5. The relationship between the CBE, GSAs, and the Calgary Sexual Health Center.
  • Medicine Hat Public School District #76 (MHP),
    1. Allegations of deception of the public by Board Members and Administration.
    2. Allegations of threats, intimidation, and harassment of parents, staff, and students by Administration and Board Members.
    3. Allegations that schools within the district were encouraging and engaged in cross dressing activities with students.
    4. Allegations of disregard for instructions given by the Court of Queens Bench with respect to an appeal of a petition submitted to the MHP Board similar to the petition submitted to the CBE.
  • Lethbridge School District #51 (LSD51),
    1. Allegations of mismanagement of a petition submitted by the public, with similar intent as the petition rejected by the CBE.
    2. Allegations of residents from outside LSD51 participating and voting in process that came as a result of the aforementioned petition.
  • Battle River School Division (BRSD),
    1. Attempts by the BRSD to discriminate against Cornerstone Christian Academy for their religious beliefs.
    2. Attempts by BRSD to label portions of the Bible as hate speech.
  • Sturgeon Public School Division
    1. Allegations of threats, intimidation, and harassment of both students and parents of Sturgeon Country High School, by both board members and administrative staff in an attempt to silence debate and opposition by the majority against the changes to bathroom policy imposed by the Board, under the direction of Alberta Education and the Office of the Minister of Education.
  • St Paul Education Regional Division No. 1 (SPERD1)
    1. [EDIT: It has come to our attention that some of the details in this section were inaccurate or based on conjecture. Namely that this was not the correct school division. SPERD1 has no allegations against it. This concern is withdrawn. More accurate information may be provided if or when available.]

As previously stated, this is not an exhaustive list, but it is extensive, and considering that none of these concerns have been fully addressed, and put to rest, it gives the public the perception of systemic problems of sexual misconduct and rights abuses within Alberta Education.

As an advocate for the governed to those that govern, we believe that it is both within your authority and mandate to open an investigation to get to the truth of these matters. Some of the undersigned have had direct involvement in the process in several of the concerns listed and have come away feeling rejected, disrespected, ignored, and condescended to.

Because of the rejection by all levels of the Alberta Ministry of Education, and even some courts, we believe that this is our last resort and hope of seeing these concerns resolved, and we fear that should an investigation not be opened by some level of government or law enforcement, all trust in Alberta Education will be permanently damaged beyond hope of repair. Throwing this province we call home into crises.

It is with reconciliation and hope of restored trust that we make this request of you.

Respectfully,
The Undersigned:



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