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Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Proactive Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Program for Middle Schools

We recognize that there is no shortage of approaches and data on responding to bullying issues in schools. However, there is a shortage of people implementing practical programs based on their local contexts. What makes this project different is that we seek to understand our local context using school based surveys and THEN to use existing tools and empirically supported resources to address our needs and realities. After analyzing these surveys we will work together with BC Centre for Safe Schools (BCSSC) to compile a manual of best practices in dealing with bullying in Abbotsford middle schools. We are not reinventing the wheel; we are simply using existing research to create a tailor-made approach for Abbotsford. This program will address bullying behaviour by creating an inclusive, empathic, and responsive school culture, develop a program of classroom circles to promote healthy relationships, develop emotionally honest and open communication, training of staff, supervisors, and parents to recognize and help address bullying behaviour,and mediating bullying incidents.

Chilliwack Community Services

Gateway Family Literacy Programs

Chilliwack Community Services (CCS)delivers two dynamic adult upgrading programs in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). While parents pursue grade 9, 10 & 11 math and English upgrading courses their infant/toddler and preschool children receive free childcare in a high quality, literacy rich environment. Participant demographics include marginalized families, families living in poverty and “at risk” situations, First Nations, and immigrants. CCS has over 20 years experience in operating these family literacy programs. The agency’s Strategic Plan includes a goal of expanding both family literacy programs to operate 10 months a year, and a new and very exciting initiative to extend the program to include workplace essential skills. This expansion addresses the root causes of social and economic inequality by providing practical work place, pre-employment skills as well as one on one employment counseling. Participants may now register for 10 months wrap-around programming offering free upgrading with a UFV instructor, parenting instruction, workplace.

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Residential Schools - Truth and Learning

Partner to develop engaging educational resources for students within the school system that will supplement current Social Studies curriculums. These will describe and illustrate the history of Indian Residential Schools (IRS), the role of Churches and Government, and the impact the schools have had on First Nation’s people & non-natives. Create mobile exhibits to be rotated among schools, colleges, universities etc. and in the lobbies of participating corporations with the goal of educating employees about IRS & to create funding, scholarships & job mentoring opportunities. Develop a proposed permanent education and research centre at UBC to supplement the First Nation’s Studies Program, House of Learning, Museum of Anthropology, Long House, First Nations Library etc. By creating interactive, multi-media displays that bring the experience of Residential Schools to life, the exhibits will assist educators by enhancing the resources of their in-class curriculum and generate additional interest in the subject with native & non-native people.

Musqueam Indian Band

Exchanging Musqueam's Cultural Teachings

The Musqueam have always lived in the area from Howe Sound through the Fraser River estuary. Vancouver area schools have few resources to help teach their students about the language, culture, and history of the local First Nations’ Musqueam. First Nations are culturally diverse, even among neighbours, so it is important to maintain community-specific teaching resources. We propose creating a kit to help teachers educate their students about Musqueam cultural heritage, and help the Musqueam community reach out to the public to respectfully share traditional knowledge. This teaching kit will be housed at Musqueam’s new Cultural Education Resource Centre and will be available for teachers to sign out on Musqueam’s website. The kit will include resources about the village of cesna?em – a key archaeological site in Canada, and the centre of a recent public discussion of Aboriginal rights. We hope to reach many schools within Musqueam Traditional Territory, beginning with local schools attended by Musqueam children to bridge cultural gaps between First Nation students and their peers.

Snuneymuxw First Nations

Snuneymuxw First Nation's House of Learning (in the Snuneymuxw community)

In September 2006, this Vancouver Island First Nation had 56 per cent unemployment. They conducted a community literacy survey and discovered that 64 per cent of their adult members were reading at a Grade 7 level or below. They created the House of Learning to address this issue. Vancouver Island University instructors teach day (literacy up to Grade 10) and evening classes (Grades 11 and 12) to approximately 25 adult students over three semesters. This creates a bridge for higher education, and an environment that is respectful and supportive.

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Building Resiliency: Growing Food and Farmers

Four-Season Food Literacy: Hands-On Training for Farmers & Eaters (FSFL) will provide season extension education & training for aspiring & established farmers, gardeners, urban farmers and the general public. By modeling 4 methods of protected agriculture (hoophouses, high & low tunnels, and cold frames) we will provide the basis for hands-on workshops on season extension for all growers. The curriculum of our Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) will be diversified to include season extension practices and we will expand the physical space used for farmer training. The increased scope of the PSA will help us provide aspiring agriculturalists with high-quality, hands-on, experiential training in ecologically based growing methods that will prepare them to meet today’s farming challenges. We willl present workshops to the general public that will equip Vancouverites with the necessary skills to eat locally year-round. FSFL has the overarching goal of creating a more food & farming literate population that can grow & eat more food year-round, increasing local food system resiliency.