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Students at St. David School Welcome Messages of Anti-Bullying and Restorative Justice

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Pictured are grade 5 student Keyano Bureau and puppet "Bear Paw" from the graphic novel series "Bear Paws and Rabbit"

February 7, 2012 - Chad Solomon, local artist and author of the graphic novel series, "Rabbit and Bear Paws" presented a series of interactive workshops to the students of St. David School. The sessions were based in restorative justice and advocating for a bully free school environment. Chad Solomon is a member of the Henvey Inlet, First Nation. His grandfather Art Solomon, was a traditional healer and justice activist. Mr. Solomon told stories of his grandfather to the students, always with the hint of laughter and his life lessons learned.

The restorative justice sessions were interactive workshops using the puppets, "Rabbit", "Bear Claw" and "Strawberry". The students became the puppeteers and were able to discover how to resolve bullying using restorative justice practices. Mr. Solomon also worked with the intermediate students at St. David Catholic School to help them create a graphic novel page based on the Seven Grandfather Teachings of love, wisdom, respect, humility, truth, bravery, and honesty. Mr. Solomon encouraged students to recall their own personal experiences and use their imagination when creating stories. According to Tara Theriault, the school's Child and Youth Worker, "It was a great day for the students of St. David School. They heard a message that promotes equality, understanding and respect. Mr. Solomon used humour as a tool when he worked with our students and they really enjoyed the day and walked away being inspired to make a difference".

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