To reflect the Board of Trustees’ (the Board) responsibility under the Education Act to support the use of the Canadian national anthem and Canadian flag in Edmonton Public Schools.
The Board believes that the Canadian flag and Canadian national anthem are powerful symbols of our Canadian identity as a multicultural and democratic nation.
The Board believes that demonstrations of Canadian identity contribute to a climate of mutual respect and trust conducive to student learning, personal development, social living and citizenship within a Canadian context.
All Edmonton Public Schools will display the Canadian flag and are expected to play or conduct regular singing of the national anthem. Each school will determine the appropriate manner to conduct singing of the national anthem, within the parameters provided by site-based decision making (for example: how often to sing the national anthem and whether or not to sing the anthem bilingually).
The Superintendent will ensure the Division uses appropriate protocols related to the use of the national anthem and Canadian flag.
(please see Sections 58(1), 61)