Challenged Works

Asha’s Mums

By Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse

A children’s story book that depicts same-sex parents.


In 1997, school trustees in Surrey, B.C., banned the use of children’s story books that depict same-sex parents in the elementary grades. One of the banned titles was Asha’s Mums. A teacher, James Chamberlain, challenged the ban in court.

In 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that B.C.’s School Act required secular and non-discriminatory education. A ban on books about same-sex parents could not be legally justified.

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