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Biidaaban: A Circle of Caring

Biidaaban: A Circle of Caring presents a positive vision of homes and schools and the teachings and values of Indigenous cultures, especially kindness and respect. 

In this vision rooted in COPA's resources, 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 strive for children to understand the effects of bullying. The workshop includes having a community member, Fire Fighter or Police Officer, read one of COPA’s books followed by a discussion about the themes of bullying that occurred in the story.

The activities centre on anti-bullying and are geared towards primary aged students. The crafts promote having a safe way to express feelings and child-parent talk as well as friendship and how friends can be kind with one another.

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What COPA Offers

COPA has created a series of beautifully written and illustrated books 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, to encourage discussion with children.

These books are an easy way to facilitate parent engagement. They also help parents, caregivers and educators to affirm important messages about equity, inclusion and bullying prevention promoted in schools.

The books are also delivered as audiobooks 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 community schools and organizations in the upcoming academic year! ​   

 

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