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Tackling bullying, one community at a time

Name calling. Threats. Punching. Excluding. Many individuals endure these types of bullying on a daily basis. Bullying isn’t a short-term problem that only affects children; it is a serious issue that affects 75 per cent of Canadians. The problem is particularly serious in many Indigenous communities, where 95 per cent of individuals have been affected by bullying.

Connecting to a cause: Robert Whitelaw and the Strength and Spirit Campaign

The goal of the Strength and Spirit campaign may have been to build strength and resilience in First Nations communities, but what it also uncovered was one man’s passion and commitment to the region he grew up in. Robert Whitelaw, better known as Bob, was a family man who put great emphasis on building strong relationships. This ultimately became his legacy and it was all prompted by the Canadian Red Cross Strength and Spirit Campaign.

Keeping smiles on kids' faces: Red Cross volunteers entertain children at shelters for evacuated people

Red Cross volunteer Fabrice Vanhoutte loves putting a smile on children’s faces. So, he has plenty of tricks up his sleeve for the young people in a Saskatoon shelter.
 
“If I see a kid who is upset, I don’t necessarily go right up to them but I stay nearby and play my mouth organ or start showing a card trick,” says Vanhoutte.
 

Training First Nations first responders in B.C.

Medical help can sometimes be far away if you’re living in rural and remote First Nations communities in British Columbia. In the past, getting on-call emergency assistance to people in need could be a major challenge. The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is working with the Canadian Red Cross to change that.

A safe place to sleep: People evacuated during the Saskatchewan wildfires say thanks

Selena and her son, Jade, were visiting Prince Albert when they heard people at home in Air Ronge were evacuating because wildfires and heavy smoke threatened their community.
The news meant they couldn't return home, not even for a toothbrush, Selena recalls.
Instead, along with their neighbours in northern Saskatchewan, many headed to one of seven shelters operated by Red Cross on behalf of the provincial government. Selena and Jade are staying at the Saskatoon shelter. They say they're thankful that they have everything they need now.



 

Join in Wisdom of the North exhibition at Nuit Blanche

Showcasing the strength and spirit of First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, Wisdom of the North unveils during Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche, which runs from sunset Saturday, Oct. 4, to sunrise Sunday in Toronto.

A true champion of the Strength & Spirit campaign

As a boy, Bob Whitelaw grew up near a First Nation reservation in southern Ontario and had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the community’s culture and traditions. He recalls with fondness many of the adventures he shared with his childhood friends.

Red Cross Presents Wisdom of the North Photo Exhibition at Nuit Blanche

This year, as part of Toronto’s art event Scotiabank Nuit Blanche held on October 4, Northern Ontario First Nation communities will be occupying space in downtown Toronto’s media-saturated entertainment district - front and centre, in a dramatic display contrasting the city’s busy streetscape.

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