Girl Guides of Canada cancel United States trips over Trump order


Girl Guides of Canada has announced it will no longer take trips to the United States, citing concerns about the ability of all members to "equally enter" the US.

The Girl Guides issued a statement, calling it a "very hard decision to make".

In a joint statement by worldwide commissioner Sharron Callahan and director of provincial operations Holly Thompson as reported by the CBC, the scouting organization notes that "While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is now uncertain".

Sarah Kiriliuk, the Girl Guides national manager of marketing and communication, told Canada's The Star that the decision to stop all trips to the United States "has to do with safety". The school board will continue to evaluate the ban on USA field trips as court proceedings regarding President Donald Trump's attempted Muslim immigration ban.

She said policies are already in place that require a group to turn back in the event anyone on a trip is blocked at the border.

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Girl Guides of Canada will not approve any new travel to the United States, describing the decision as hard but necessary to protect its members. "And we wanted to make sure we could extend that to all aspects of our organization - which includes girls that are traveling".

Kiriliuk added: "We realize we had to stand by our organizational commitment of inclusivity and diversity".

The release does not specifically mention the new 90-day ban on citizens of six mostly Muslim nations but in the statement, the organisation said that "we know our members value the safe, inclusive and accepting space that Guiding provides".

The group has also scrapped a planned summer camping trip to California in favour of an alternate destination.

Kiriliuk also said that the Girl Guides' national office was unaware of any issues occurring with members traveling to the far, but that the measure was created to ensure "no girl gets left behind".