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Manitoba Tackling Bullying with Strategy, Legislation

By Sarah Klein

Education Minister Nancy Allan speaks during an anti-bullying announcement at Garden City Collegiate on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. (CHRISD.CA)

The Manitoba government introduced an anti-bullying strategy on Tuesday, meant to protect children from experiencing bullying in schools, on the street and online.

“We all share a responsibility to work together to provide safe schools where all students feel respected and can reach their full potential,” said Education Minister Nancy Allan. “Our antibullying plan will further protect students and provide a safe environment while fostering understanding and inclusion.”

Speaking at Garden City Collegiate, Allan said the strategy will include:

  • Help for teachers including expanded training supports, workshops and other professional learning opportunities, and ongoing support for the Respect in School initiative;
  • Help for parents including new online information and resources online on how to recognize, deal with and report bullying; and
  • Help for students including strengthened anti-bullying legislation and the Tell Them From Me Survey to allow schools to hear directly from students about bullying.

The province also plans to introduce anti-bullying legislation, but will first meet with schools, students, teachers, parents and principals across the province to gather input.

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