A multi-agency campaign has been launched to stamp out bullying in 30 First Nations communities north of Sioux Lookout.
The anti-bullying initiative is a joint effort involving Tikinagan Child and Family Services, Provincial Police, Nishnawbe-Aski Police, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and Nishnawbe-Aski Nation.
The awareness campaign focuses on the devastating effects of bullying and cyberbullying on children and youth.
It’s a component of Mamow Oshki Pimagihowin, Tikinagan’s prevention program.
Associate Executive Director Rachel Tinney says “Bullying and cyberbullying is an issue in our communities that has affected our children and youth for too long. It is time to come together, to work together, to teach our next generation how to treat each other right and fair. This unified message, supported by our community partners, shows that everyone who has the best interest of our children and youth are here to support them, keep them safe, provide resources, and be an ally. Everyone deserves a safe space, whether it’d be online, in school, or at home, and the right to feel supported.”
Tinney adds “We believe the answer lies within the community. That is why we are looking to our children and youth to be the answer and be empowered to make the change in their own communities.”
Schools in each community are also involved to reinforce the vital role educators have in preventing bullying and support kids who are victims.
Two contests are being held for Indigenous children and youth. (Grades 1-12)
Ideas are now being accepted for a name and slogan for the campaign as well as an anti-bullying logo.
The deadline for submissions is October 30.
For more information visit https://www.tikinagan.org/