#WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent: Ontario students protest sex-ed curriculum

At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, approximately 40,000 Ontario high school students walked out of class in protest of the provincial government’s revised sex-ed curriculum.

The #WeTheStudentsDoNotConsent protest also took place in opposition to the exclusive of Indigenous issues from the Ontario curriculum.

Politicians, celebrities, students, teachers, parents and Canadians in general also took to social media to show their support for the walkout:

In July, Doug Ford’s Conservative government announced the sex-ed curriculum in Ontario would be eliminated and replaced with the previous curriculum, updated back in 1998. The version currently in place across the province has been criticized for missing important information about sexting, same-sex relationships and gender identity.

“A lot of adults have been saying you don’t know what you’re talking about, about these issues, or you don’t have to get to have an opinion,” Indygo Arscott, 16, a co-organizer of the protests said to The Canadian Press. “But it’s going to affect us and it’s going to affect the children younger than us.”