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Asha’s Mums

Author: Rosamund Elwin and Michele Paulse
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About the Work

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


Challenges in Canada

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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Children’s story book.