[vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” bg_image=”8144″ bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” top_padding=”12%” bottom_padding=”12%” enable_gradient=”true” color_overlay=”#3d3d3d” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.5″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ font_color=”#ffffff” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”INDIGENOUS INITIATIVE” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_content” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”padding-5-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1562796334320{padding-right: 10% !important;padding-left: 10% !important;}”]Roots of Empathy has a long history of delivering empathy-based programs to Indigenous children, both on reserves and in communities close to First Nations. Our programs, Roots of Empathy for elementary school students and Seeds of Empathy for children in childcare centres, develop social and emotional competence, self-regulation, and executive function – fundamental abilities that foster healthy life long development. Empathy fosters inclusion and builds resilience, well-being and positive mental health.

Eighteen years of published, independent research proves the effectiveness of the Roots of Empathy program which has been repeatedly shown to reduce aggression, including bullying, and increase prosocial behaviour – kindness, caring, helping and including. The research shows impact continues after the programs are completed.

Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy programs reach Indigenous children in every province in Canada. We also work with Indigenous communities in New Zealand and Hawaii.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”In Canada” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]Both Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy are universal programs, benefiting all children in the classroom or centre, including First Nation, Metis and Inuit children. Our programs also benefit many Indigenous adults from the community – Elders, educators and the volunteer families.  In many Indigenous communities, Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy are identified as “healing programs” because they increase emotional literacy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]In 2008, we were tremendously honoured when Canada’s Assembly of First Nations (AFN) passed Resolution 38 and invited Founder President Mary Gordon to speak at the 2008 General Assembly to support and endorse Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy, calling both programs “compatible with traditional First Nations teachings and worldviews.” Subsequently,  Mary Gordon was invited to the 2009 inauguration celebrations for AFN Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” top_padding=”4%” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

“These programs [Roots of Empathy] transcend race, colour, and family in our centre.  They have brought us all so much closer and truly reflect the values of our nation”

– Wet’suwet’en First Nation, B.C.

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“Hearing the children say, ‘I feel’ has been profound for our staff, our centre, and parents. In some families, the children are teaching the parents and grandparents how to talk about their feelings. This is really important as we need our children to know about feelings and not be afraid of them or expressing them.”

– Wet’su’wetin Child and Family Centre, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, B.C.

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  • School mental health leads have embraced the Roots of Empathy program as it meets their goals to support mental health and well-being. When children are able to understand another’s point of view and respect their feelings, aggressive behaviour, including bullying, is less likely to occur.
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  • In 2018 -19
    • 8 of Ontario’s 40 Seeds of Empathy centres were Indigenous.
    • 18 Roots of Empathy programs were on reserve in First Nation classrooms across Ontario.
    • 19 Roots of Empathy programs were in Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Lakehead District School Board.
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“We had a supply teacher come in for the regular classroom teacher. She was playing a Thunder Drum and talking to the children about mindfulness and kindness. One student, a fairly active and distractive fellow, very quietly put up his hand. He told her, ‘We learn about kindness and helping others with our baby, we talk about roots of empathy, like a tree…it means we feel what our friends feel. If they are sad, we can feel sad for them and then help make them happy again.”

– Roots of Empathy Instructor, Cambridge

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In 2018-19:

  • The following First Nations communities hosted Roots of Empathy Programs: Lower Kootenay First Nation, Tseshant First Nation, Ditidaht First Nation, Cowichan Tribes and Gitxaala Nation.
  • 44% of our Seeds of Empathy programs were in First Nation communities or Aboriginal Head Start centres.
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Additionally, children are exposed to the concept of intrinsic motivation and intrinsic pride, that their contribution to their family, school and community is not so much about their talent in school or sports or art, but about their character. The “Who Am I” theme which comes close to the end of the Roots of Empathy year has allowed this student to reflect on his pride of his First Nations heritage.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]He is also proud of his empathic development which results in him considering himself as being kind, caring, having friendships and being forthright. This student’s pride and ability to be involved with his Nation and sports connects him to a broader community.  He also identifies his family as being part of his identity.  This list is a well-balanced list of a life well-lived at the age of twelve. If we had more children like this student we would have more peace and more happiness in the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” top_padding=”4%” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Resources” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][fancy-ul icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-caret-right” color=”Accent-Color” alignment=”left”]
  • Specialized brochure celebrating the passing of Resolution 38, and highlighting comments from children and instructors in Indigenous programs.
  • Outreach resources for both Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy in Ojibway, Cree Syllabics and Cree Roman Orthography.
  • Board book entitled Faces in Time, consisting of images of babies of Indigenous heritage and text in Indigenous languages including Cree Syllabics, Inuktitut, Ojibway and Mohawk.
  • Wise Love
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With significant numbers of Syrian families arriving in Ontario, Roots of Empathy recognized the need to support school boards with a higher enrollment of children experiencing trauma from war.  In 2017-18, 19 programs were delivered Roots of Empathy to classrooms with Syrian refugee children. These programs were located in six school boards in five cities – Toronto, Ottawa, Peterborough, Kingston and Waterloo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_background” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_color=”#ffffff” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center” top_padding=”3%” bottom_padding=”3%” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=””][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/6″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”2/3″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

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