Fourteen projects chosen to prevent and counter bullying in Aboriginal communities
QUÉBEC CITY, May 26, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - In an effort to prevent and counter bullying, the Québec government is supporting 14 projects as part of the new financial support program for indigenous initiatives.
Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs, and Francine Charbonneau, Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, made the announcement today.
The Ministère de la Famille is contributing to the program's implementation with $100,000 in funding for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and $150,000 for 2017-2018, while the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones will see to the program's administration. In addition, the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and the Ministère de la Sécurité publique are participating in the implementation of the financial support program and, together, were responsible for selecting the projects.
"The quality and calibre of the many projects submitted by Aboriginal communities and organizations reflect a strong desire to take action against the bullying phenomenon. It comes down to raising awareness among as many youths as possible—as well as adults—about the importance of being involved. I'm convinced that these initiatives will have a positive impact on many lives and will help foster a safe and healthy environment in our communities."
Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs
"This program aims to reinforce the steps taken by Aboriginal communities to prevent and counter bullying. It will help bring to fruition initiatives rooted in these communities, that respond to their needs in concrete terms and that are relevant to their reality. I would like to thank all of the organizations involved in carrying out the 14 projects selected. These efforts will help make Québec an open, equal and inclusive living environment. Together, we can stand up to bullying."
Francine Charbonneau, Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying
- The 14 selected projects are as follows:
- Kitigan Zibi Anighinabeg Bullying Disengagement Curriculum: Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Band Council;
- Counteract bullying!: Conseil tribal Mamit Innuat;
- Tsi Tekaiahnon:ni Satén:ti – Walk in the Footsteps: Kanesatake Mohawk Council, in collaboration with the Crime Prevention Committee;
- Let's fight bullying!: Val-d'Or Native Friendship Centre;
- Mobilization facilitator for the fight against bullying: Centre de santé Tshukuminu Kanani, in collaboration with the Natashquan school;
- Bullying awareness and prevention campaign for Aboriginal youth: Lanaudière Native Friendship Centre;
- Preventing Discrimination, Preventing bullying: Promoting Inclusivity and Fostering Self-Esteem: First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Québec;
- Adjusting educational resources to create a safe, tolerant school environment adapted to the realities of Aboriginal students in an urban setting: First Peoples Innovation Centre;
- Kaskina Mamo Mackwesitaw – Bullying awareness campaign: Attikamek community of Obedjiwan social services;
- Putting a stop to bullying is everyone's business!: Algonquin community of Pikogan health centre;
- Awareness campaign to promote a healthy community environment: Centre Santé et mieux-être collectif de Mashteuiatsh;
- Action plan to counteract bullying: Mikizicec school in the Algonquin community of Kitcisakik;
- Taking measures to fight bullying together: Saguenay Native Friendship Centre;
- Laleu sharing circle on bullying: Université du Québec à Chicoutimi's Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite.
- The call for projects was launched last September by the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones and the Ministère de la Famille. Aboriginal organizations and communities had until November 26 to submit their projects.
Office of the Minister
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Office of the Minister responsible
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SOURCE Cabinet du ministre responsable des Affaires autochtones
For further information: Mylène Gaudreau, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, 418 454-1226; Marie-Pier Richard, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, 418 643-2181