Guiders were told not to participate in this year's Kanata, Ontario, Santa Claus Parade due to the organization's secularism policy.
According to a report by CTV, Kanata councillor Allan Hubley said he reached out to the Girl Guides to invite them to participate in the parade. However, Girl Guides replied to say they would not be coming.
"We got a response from the Girl Guides that Girl Guides of Canada does not allow them to be part of a Christmas parade," Hubley told CTV News Ottawa.
In response to a request for comment from CTV News, Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) CEO Shannon Benner said, "GGC has been working diligently to ensure that all activities offered by the organization are of a secular nature so that we are providing an inclusive space for all who choose to be members of Girl Guides of Canada.”
"As a result, participating in activities that have a connection to a specific religious celebration are not part of the program offering at GGC. The Girl Guides program platform offers suggestions for Guiders and members looking to create inclusive and fun unit experiences."
GGC recently changed the program's name for girls aged seven and eight from Brownies to Embers to be more inclusive.
The name Brownies was taken from English folklore, referring to helpful fairies that do household chores.
Despite the new focus on "inclusivity," GGC previously banned unvaccinated leaders and guides from participating in the program during the height of the COVID scare.