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1 Theme 8: School as a Caring Community Goal #2: The school has an environment that is respectful of and appreciates First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, history and world-view.

2 Divide into partners and take a few minutes to learn about one another (e.g., name, the significance of your name, family, birth place, relationships). Each partner then introduces the other to the rest of the participants. Brainstorm your thoughts on: What is meant by “relationship”? What are three characteristics of good relationships? Activity: Introducing your Neighbour Activity: Brainstorming

3 Working with partners, choose one of the characteristics recorded in your brainstorming. Act out/demonstrate the characteristic to the group without divulging its name. The rest of the group then identifies the characteristic. View short clips from the movie Shrek that demonstrate the establishment of a relationship and a change in a relationship and discuss the following questions: What caused Shrek to change? How does Donkey caring affect the relationship? How do relationships change? Activity: Demonstrating a Characteristic Activity: Video Clip

4 School as a Caring Community Purpose of this workshop: To create an environment of belonging for all participants that will be extended into the school community. For school to be a caring community, it must: Be safe and secure for all Provide a sense of belonging for all Be a place in which all are valued and respected for who they are Note: Research shows that when a student feels some adult in the school cares about them, they are less likely to drop out of school. Empathy is … a key skill in building a caring school community. a skill, therefore it can be taught, learned, practiced. not the same as sympathy.

5 School as a Caring Community (continued) Relationships … are inter-connected require responsibility are value-based and require trust, honesty, integrity Family Relationships: Have similarities: care and responsibility Have differences: generational, parenting style spouse to spouse, support and friend parent to child, teacher, care-giver sibling to sibling, guide and friend Grandparent-child, teacher, guide, care-giver, Elder auntie-child, care-giver, support Older child-child, guide, support, care-giver School Relationships: Teacher/student (class-school-central administration-community) Family (school-community) Community (school-student) Note: Elders maybe involved at all levels of the relationships.

6 Divide into groups and provide the following information: Name three kinds of relationships that exist within a family. Name three kinds of relationships that exist within a school. The groups then answer the following question: Do the listed relationships extend into the greater community and back again? Why/Why not? Each group then shares its answer with the others. Activity: Exploring Relationships

7 Do a focused reading of “Destructive Relationships” from Reclaiming Youth at Risk. In groups, discuss passages that you marked with the three symbols checkmark (things I already knew), question mark (things I do not understand) and exclamation point (important idea) and why you marked them. Speakers for each group then share highlights with the others. Activity: Destructive Relationships

8 Awi Usdi, the Little Deer From Keepers of the Earth: Native Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac (Cherokee) Back when the world was young, the humans and the animal people could speak to each other. At first they lived in peace. The humans hunted the animals only when they needed food or skins to make clothing. Then the humans discovered the bow and arrow. With this new weapon they could kill many animals quickly and with great ease. They began to kill animals when they did not need them for food or clothing. It seemed as if all the animals in the world would soon be exterminated. So the various animals met in council. When the bears came together and talked about what the humans were doing, they decided they would have to fight back.

9 Awi Usdi, the Little Deer (continued) "How can we do that?" said one of the bear warriors. "The humans will shoot us with their arrows before we come close to them." Old Bear, their chief, agreed. "That is true. We must learn how to use the same weapons they use." Then the bears made a very strong bow and fashioned arrows for it. But whenever they tried to use the bow, their long claws got in the way. "I will cut off my claws," said one of the bear warriors. He did so and then he was able to use the bow and arrow. His aim was good and he hit the mark every time. "That is good," said Old Bear. "Now can you climb this tree?" The bear without claws tried to climb the tree, but he failed.

10 Old Bear shook his head. "This will not do. Without our claws we cannot climb trees. Without our claws we will not be able to hunt or dig for food. We must give up this idea of using the same weapons the humans use.“ So the bears gave up their idea of fighting back against the humans with weapons. One by one each of the animal groups met. One by one they came to no conclusion. It seemed there was no way to fight back. But the last group to meet was the deer. Awi Usdi, the Little Deer (continued)

11 Awi Usdi, Little Deer, was their leader. When all were gathered together, he spoke. "I see what we must do," he said. "We cannot stop the humans from hunting animals. That is the way it was meant to be. However, the humans are not doing things in the right way. If they do not respect us and hunt us only when there is real need, they may kill us all. I shall go now and tell the hunters what they must do. Whenever they wish to kill a deer, they must prepare in a ceremonial way. They must ask me for permission to kill one of us. Then, after they kill a deer, they must show respect to its spirit and ask for par­don. If the hunters do not do this, then I shall track them down. With my magic I will make their limbs crippled. Then they will no longer be able to walk or shoot a bow and arrow.“ Awi Usdi, the Little Deer (continued)

12 Then Awi Usdi, Little Deer, did as he said: He went at night and whispered into the ears of the hunters, telling them what they must do. The next morning, when they awoke, some of the hunters thought they had been dreaming and they were not sure that the dream was a true one. Others, though, realized that Little Deer, Awi Usdi, had truly spoken to them. They tried to do as he told them. They hunted for the deer and other animals only when they needed food and clothing. They remembered to prepare in a ceremonial way, to ask permission before killing an animal and to ask pardon when an animal was killed. Some of the hunters, though, paid no attention. They continued to kill animals for no reason. But Awi Usdi, Little Deer, came to them and, using his magic, crippled them with rheumatism. Before long, all of the hunters began to treat the animals with respect and to follow Little Deer's teachings. Awi Usdi, the Little Deer (continued)

13 Read the story on summary sheet 2 and then divide into groups and discuss the following question: What kinds of responsibilities do people or groups of people in a relationship share? Each group then chooses a relationship in your school community (e.g., teacher/student, parent/teacher, administration/parents, teacher/community, student/community) and creates and fills in a chart like the one below: Activity: Responsibility and Relationships Person/group #1Person/group #2 Role Responsibilities

14 Consider these key messages: Students succeed when they experience positive relationships. Positive relationships require responsibility from both sides. Responsible relationships provide a safe environment that allows change and growth for all. Choose one of the key messages and write an action plan (using the graphic organizer) that describes how this knowledge will change what you do, how you act and how you feel. Activity: Action Plan

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