Tikinagan launches bullying prevention campaign with partners
[ UPDATE: NOVEMBER 23, 2020 ]
Join our effort to prevent Bullying & Cyberbullying and promote awareness in First Nation communities by participating in our logo contest. Prizes for Top 5 finalists with one Grand Prize. The logo must match the campaign slogan Red Alert, Bullying Hurts.
Contest open to students Grades 1-12 from any First Nation community served by Tikinagan and our partners.
Download your logo card here. Then submit it to the workers or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[ UPDATE: NOVEMBER 10, 2020 ]
Tikinagan Child & Family Services has joined forces with Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA), and Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) to raise awareness about the devastating effects of bullying and cyberbullying on children and youth. The anti-bullying campaign, launching October 19, 2020 in more than 30 First Nation communities, is a component of Mamow Oshki Pimagihowin, Tikinagan’s prevention program.
In addition to working with its community partners, Tikinagan is also working with schools in each community to reinforce the vital role educators have in preventing bullying and supporting children who are victims of bullying behaviors.
Rachel Tinney, Tikinagan Associate Executive Director, explains that the Mamow Oshki Pimagihowin framework is about working together to learn new life skills.
“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.
“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.”
Candi Edwards, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Manager of Raising Our Children, says her organization, which services the First Nation Tikinagan serves, is pleased to support the anti-bullying initiative.
"Raising our Children is an approach to ensuring the children and families in the communities are supported, and children are being raised with strong connections to family, community, spirituality, land, culture, language, and each other," says Edwards. "Resources and campaigns such as this one provide youth with the tools they need in order to build healthy relationships, and will help put an end to the bullying and lateral violence that is so prevalent in our communities."
The anti-bullying campaign will commence this week with the launching of a two-part contest targeting First Nation children and youth (Grades 1-12). The first part of the contest will invite children and youth to submit a name/slogan for the anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying campaign. The deadline for submissions is October 30 [EXTENDED TO NOV4]. The second part of the contest will invite children and youth to submit a logo for the campaign to compliment the winning slogan. Each contest will be judged by a panel of First Nation youth. Once the slogan and logo have been decided, Tikinagan and its partners will embark upon a round of educational activities in schools and communities to raise awareness about bullying and anti-bullying and the role and responsibility of all community members in prevention of bullying.
Tinney notes that "bullying impacts the psychological, emotional, physical, and social aspects of a child’s life. By working together with our partners who are based in the First Nation communities, we are sending a message to children and adults that we care about them. It also shows that there is no place for bullying in our communities. Most importantly, we are putting the solution in their hands.”
Tikinagan has developed a Resource Guide for service workers, educators, and other community professionals that explains the affects of bullying and cyberbullying on children and youth and what people of all ages can do to prevent this destructive behavior.
Additional Resources, contest cards and rules, and updates on the campaign can be found at www.tikinagan.org
Posted: November 23rd, 2020