A number of new anti-bullying resources are being provided to Saskatchewan schools to assist students and teachers as they work to end bullying and create more caring and inclusive schools. The resources include several videos that have been developed as a package called the Student First Anti-Bullying Forum.
“I hope all students in this province know that they are important and valued, and that they deserve to feel respected in our schools,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan said. “It takes incredible courage to stand up to bullying but please, if you or someone you know needs help, speak up. The safety and well-being of every student is important to me, to their teachers and to those who love them.”
This year’s forum resources will be available until the end of the school year, giving schools the opportunity to participate throughout the school year. The theme of this year’s forum is Our School Includes Everyone. The forum resources include keynote video addresses by We Matter Campaign co-founders Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers as well as president of the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council Jennifer O’Bomsawin.
The Redverses launched https://wemattercampaign.org in October 2016 to bring messages of hope and support to Indigenous youth across Canada, and to remind them of why their lives matter. Since launching, the campaign has reached more than one million people through social media.
“Respect and inclusiveness often doesn’t happen by accident; it takes action, compassion and active dialogue,” Kelvin Redvers said. “It’s important to have these conversations, to take the time to engage and talk with our young people about how we can create positive spaces, as the results benefit our schools and the country. Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected.”
The youth forum also reminds students of the resources available to them if they experience bullying or know of someone who needs help. Students are encouraged to: talk to a trusted adult; report bullying anonymously online at iamstronger.ca; or call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811.