A Circle of Caring: Launching COPA’s new film series for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families, and schools

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As announced earlier this week, COPA shares it’s new Circle of Caring project to support safe, strong and free families, schools and communities in honour of Aboriginal History Month. This project is the culmination of much sharing, listening, imagining and hard work! We cannot thank community members enough for their fantastic contribution to bringing this project to life!

A big part of this original multimedia resource is a series of 21 animated films featuring the Capsule families, Indigenous music and imagery. These short films designed for adults explore themes such as cultural pride, helping children succeed, understanding bullying and discrimination, getting involved in school life, home and school collaboration, nurturing safe and healthy schools and communities.

Each film is introduced by an Elder, as community members sit around the fire.

They are available in 7 Indigenous languages (Cree, Inuktitut, Michif, Mohawk, Oji-Cree, Ojibway, and Oneida) in French and in English – as well as in closed-captioned format.

Take a look at the film called Cultural Pride. As the Elder narrating the film teaches us all, “We can always be proud of our culture and who we are.”

Our entire series of films, along with information and guides will be launched soon on our Habitat site for parents and families (www.copahabitat.ca) – Stay tuned for that and for our new toolkit.

A Circle of Caring project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is the result of three years of careful and respectful discussion, dialogue and reflection at the grassroots level, with Indigenous families, community members and Elders.