Cheryl Matthew

Workshop Outline: Nurturing Spirit – How to cope with bullying at school.

In both Aboriginal communities and online environments[1] bullying has become a major problem in Canada “NAHO and the National Aboriginal Role Model Program (NARMP) know that bullying is a problem and that we can’t be silent any longer.  Too many of our children and friends are being hurt, and that pain is affecting all Aboriginal people.”[2] Being bullied by peers can lead to depression, isolation, lowered self-esteem, and even suicide. In the FNHA Hope, Health and Healing Toolkit: A Planning Toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal Communities to Prevent and Respond to Suicide[3] the toolkit encourages communities to implement anti-bullying policies in schools and in organizations in Indigenous communities.

How can we learn to better relate to each other to stop bullying in our communities and online? What role can lateral kindness play in assisting in the reduction of bullying? The workshop will cover these elements and will provide youth participants with skills for resiliency and combatting bullying through a partnerships in communities.

Specific Audience

The anti-bullying workshop is aimed towards the younger segment of youth 12-18 year old’s still in school. School-age children are most vulnerable to bullying so the workshop is pivotal in teaching youth strategies to stop bullying as a means of also lowering incidents of suicides in Indigenous communities.

Bullying Prevention Workshop for Youth Content

  • bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • how youth can use their personal power to resolve and prevent these problems
  • how to find and use resources to respond to bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying.


The format of the workshop will be a Youth Learning Circle encouraging youth, aged 12-29, to connect and share their knowledge with each other and with health professionals as a way to lessen the negative health impacts of geographic and cultural isolation.

It would be beneficial to have these sessions open to youth to participate in person, and also engage with the School Districts.


Each of the two sessions will be three hours long as they are teaching and learning hands on sessions. The sessions will be held over two days with one week in between to limit the amount of time away from work or school for communities to participate.

[1]Aboriginal Youth Cyber-Bullying,” Centre for Suicide Prevention, accessed August 27, 2016,

[2]Aboriginal Bullying,” NAHO, accessed August 27, 2016,

[3]Hope, Health and Healing Toolkit: A Planning Toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal Communities to Prevent and Respond to Suicide,” FNHA, accessed August 27, 2016,

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