ACSTA and Trinity Western University

The Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) has filed to be an intervener in support of the National Coalition of Catholic School Trustees' Associations' (the "Coalition”) in regards to intervene in the appeals filed by the Trinity Western University and Brayden Volkenant (SCC File No. 37209 and Law Society of British Columbia (SCC File No. 37318). The National Catholic Trustee Coalition was formed for the specific purpose of intervening in the above-noted appeal and includes the ACSTA; Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association; Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association; and Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association.

The ACSTA is involved as an intervener with the coalition as an organization charged with the responsibility to ensure that the rights and privileges with respect to Catholic separate schools are protected. The ACSTA’s perspective on the matter will be unique as it operates in a very different context than TWU, which is a private evangelical Christian post-secondary institution. The ACSTA’s position is neutral and is not supporting either side. The ACSTA is intervening to ensure our voice is heard in protecting and maintaining the rights afforded Catholic education across the country which is the role of the trustees in protecting Catholic education rights.

The determinations of the Court on these issues will almost certainly have a significant impact on the way in which the Coalition, the school boards, and the trustees and its members, represent and conduct themselves in educating youth in faith. ACSTA believes that we need to be dynamically involved in protecting our rights. The best way to do this is to be active and able to present our views and perspectives so they are heard in our role as an intervener in the case.

Please click here for the Factum of the ("Coalition”).

Questions? Contact ACSTA at (780) 484-6209 or by email at

Published: 2017-11-29 11:05AM