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MDE Promotes Anti-Bullying Video Conference

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Mactech Distance Education has joined with Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk to provide educational video conferences to our student population across Canada. September 27 marks Nitap Day here in Nova Scotia.

Nitap day, which means friendship day in the Mik’maq language, will be celebrated in Mik’maq Kina’matnewey schools. Events at each school are open to the public and parents and community members are invited to attend.

Mik’maq Kina’matnewey’s executive director Eleanor Bernard says the word Nitap was chosen to honor the day because, in addition to educating students and staff on the identification, dangers, and solutions to bullying in schools, the day’s events will also focus on cultivating friendships between students to help prevent instances of bullying.

Each participating school will connect and celebrate together via videoconference. Following an opening ceremony with remarks by chief and council and a video performance by Membertou’s musical group Black and Grey, each school will take turns leading group activities that build community and friendship, such as storytelling, community walks, physical exercise and cultural song and dance.

"We all need to learn what to watch for when it comes to bullying," Bernard said. "Our communities must learn how to prevent bullying, what to do if it occurs, and where we can go for help. And it’s important we do it together."

Nitap day will begin at 10 a.m. and will be celebrated at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Eskasoni Elementary and Middle School, Potlotekewey School in Chapel Island, Membertou Elementary, Wagmatcookewey School in Wagmatcook, We’koqma’q Mik’maq School in Waycobah, L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom in Shubenacadie, and Pictou Landing Elementary School in Pictou Landing.

74% of the student body attending MDE are parents. We see the importance of bringing this educational conference to our students so that they too can enjoy the activities, learn more of the Nova Scotia Mik’maq culture, and most importantly share with their children to help prevent instances of bullying.

Source: Cape Breton Post Mi'Kmaw students to celebrate friendship with inaugural Nitap day
September 27, 2013

Link: View Previously Recorded Video Conference
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