MONTREAL, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Cree School Board (CSB) and the
Northern Quebec Teaching Association (AENQ) are joining forces against
violence in the schools of Eeyou Istchee through the creation of a joint
awareness campaign to prevent violence in schools and centres on the handbook
on prevention and intervention in cases of violence against education workers
introduced in September 2007 by the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) and
the Centre de recherche et d'intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES).
This CSB-AENQ joint project will be implemented over the next three
school-years and will involve at least one theme-day on the prevention of
violence in schools to be held on February 15, the day after Valentine's Day,
the great celebration of love. On that day, we will review the various CSB
policies relating to the problem, introduce the CSQ-CRIRES handbook,
distribute posters in the three official languages of our schools namely
English, French and Cree, and organise a full range of activities to create
awareness and provide strategies to combat this serious problem.
Violence in the schools of Eeyou Istchee: a call to action!
While violence is not new in Cree schools, there is reason to believe
that we are seeing an increase in the phenomenon. The current campaign
represents a true partnership between the union and the employer focused
entirely on the prevention of violence in schools and providing resources to
encourage action that is both cooperative and effective. We also send an
invitation to the Cree nation to support in every possible way this
At the centre of the campaign: the CSQ-CRIRES prevention handbook
The main instrument of the CSB-AENQ joint campaign against school
violence is the prevention and action handbookThis is a violence-free zone
developed by the CSQ and CRIRES. This handbook is a tangible response to a
complex problem, that of violence in our schools. It will provide those
responsible-teachers, professionals, support staff, as well as administration,
among others-with a common definition that includes all forms of violence in
schools. This approach should result in a better coordinated response and
improved understanding of the phenomenon we hope to prevent by giving all
those in the school community a share of the responsibility and situating the
students at the heart of our concerns.
"We all have to join forces-the School Board, the Union, parents'
committees, students, etc.-in combating violence in our schools. Together, we
will make a difference!" remarked Gordon Blackned, CSB President and Patrick
D'Astous, President of AENQ.
Profile of the CSB
Created in 1978, the Cree School Board provides educational services in
French, English and Cree from kindergarten to secondary 5 to more than
3,000 students in 9 Cree communities of the James Bay region.
Profile of AENQ
Founded in 1971, the Northern Québec Teaching Association, affiliated
with the CSQ, has over 1,300 members. It represents teachers and support staff
of the Kativik and Cree School Boards.
For further information:
For further information: CSB contact: Abraham Jolly, CSB General
Director, (418) 923-2764 #201, Fax: (418) 923-3838; AENQ contact: Marjolaine
Perreault, CSQ public relations officer, (514) 356-8888, #2610, Cell: (514)