The Government of Yukon has released an online survey to check in with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community on the Yukon government’s progress on the five-year LGBTQ2S+ Inclusion Action Plan.
The Yukon government released the Inclusion Action Plan in 2021 to ensure its services and programs are inclusive of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. One of the plan’s key commitments is to conduct a survey with 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners and allies every two years. Results from the survey will:
- help track government progress on the plan;
- see if the community’s priorities have shifted; and
- keep the government moving in the right direction.
All participation in the survey is anonymous. 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners and their allies can access the survey on yukon.ca/ between September 12 and October 13, 2023.
After the survey closes, input from the survey will be used to draft a public What We Heard report which will be shared with the community.
Throughout this initiative, our government has strived to follow the “nothing about us, without us” approach. The launch of this survey – created in partnership with Queer Yukon and other stakeholders – was guided by that approach and stands as a commitment to be transparent and accountable to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community on the implementation of the Inclusion Action Plan.
Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate Jeanie McLean
Many of the positive changes for 2SLGBTQIA+ Yukoners in the past few years, including support for gender-affirming care and the opening of Queer Yukon's community spaces across the territory, have been driven by the findings of the 2018-2019 consultation. This year's survey has the potential to chart the way for the next five-plus years and we hope that a broad range of community members will contribute their perspectives and experiences over the next few weeks.
Queer Yukon Executive Director Dr. Mona Luxion
The Government of Yukon released the LGBTQ2S+ Inclusion Action Plan in July 2021, following a comprehensive engagement and consultation that took place in 2018–19.
The Yukon Bureau of Statistics is hosting this survey on behalf of the Women and Gender Equity Directorate. All responses are anonymous.
In 2023, the Government of Yukon updated the abbreviation LGBTQ2S+ to 2SLGBTQIA+. The change puts Two-Spirit and Indigenous identities at the centre of the abbreviation. 2SLGBTQIA+ stands for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and others. However, we continue to use LGBTQ2S+ when referring to the 2021 LGBTQ2S+ Inclusion Action Plan.
For the purpose of this survey, allies include family as well as friends and others with relationships to members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community who support them on a personal level.
For this survey, allies also include Yukon government service providers who support 2SLGBTQIA+ community members such as teachers, education administrators, doctors, nurses, health care administrators and mental health counsellors.