From Grade 6 onward, the curriculum explicitly addresses consent, with students learning that consent must be affirmative and continuous, as well as how to understand non-verbal signs. The Progressive Conservatives said the government should be open to making more changes to the curriculum once parents have had a look at it. The Liberal government backed away from an attempted update of the sex ed curriculum in after protests by some religious leaders, including Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College. Unfortunately, she says, the sex-education curriculum in British Columbia has not caught up with the times and the need to inform young people about the issue of consent. It's one piece of a larger educational effort," she says. Some of the changes, she suggested, may even place Ontario ahead of the pack. Those are all things that kids are talking about. What are you into? While an earlier generation of Canadians grew up in the era of "no means no," today sexual health educators teach affirmative consent, says Saleema Noon, a Vancouver-based sexual health educator who frequently works in schools in British Columbia. Grade 1 students will learn how to understand non-verbal signals like facial expressions and tone of voice, as well as the proper names for body parts, which was already in the old curriculum. It's not that if we just talk about consent then we'll somehow prepare young people to avoid sexual assaults. We think sex is like this separate realm of experience when really it's part of our whole lives," she says.