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A Circle of Caring - Pilot with COPA

Presents a positive vision of homes and schools which the teachings and values of Indigenous cultures are all-important, especially kindness and respect and COPA’s approach to positive change.

In this vision, bullying and all forms of abuse, cruelty and discrimination have no place. It is a world where children, their families and all people feel safe, accepted and included, where children can learn freely and become who they choose to be. It is a vision of a world in which people of all ages can be safe, strong and free - a place in which everyone has a role to play and precious gifts to share and receive.

Activities

In conjunction with COPA, Nipissing University’s Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Program has created age-based activities that focus on anti-bullying utilizing COPA’s Circle of Caring resources.

Through this one-hour workshop we are striving for kids to have an understanding about some of the effects of bullying. The workshop includes having a community member, Fire Fighter or Police Officer, reading one of COPA’s books followed by having a discussion about the themes of bullying that occurred in the storybook.

The activities created included crafts that have an anti-bullying theme that are geared towards primary aged students. The crafts promote having a safe way to express feelings and promotes child parent talk about feeling in a safe place. The other crafts promote friendship and how friends to be kind with each other.

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What COPA Offers

COPA has created a series of beautifully written and illustrative storybooks for young children and parents for reading together. Each book incorporates gentle messages about listening, kindness, caring, compassion, courage and bullying prevention. They also describe strategies used in difficult situations, which can be used to encourage discussion with children.

These books are an easy and lovely way to facilitate parent engagement. They also help parents, caregivers and educators to affirm important messages about equity, inclusion and bullying prevention that is being promoted in schools with the new curriculum.

These storybooks can be found as audiobook and downloaded online or ordered for free through COPA’s eBoutique at http://copahabitat.ca/en

COPA’s LOGO

The Circle of Caring Logo was created by First Nations, Metis and Inuit project partners to promote peace, caring and unity. We give thanks to the Creator for Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon, Grandfather Sun, and the stars— our ancestors— and their connection to all of creation, the human family (individuals, family and community) in guiding this Circle of Caring project.

Biidaaban: A Circle of Caring will run in 14 community schools and organizations in the upcoming academic year! ​   



 

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