United against bullying: A shared responsibility

Par Chantal Cleary | déc. 14, 2015

 

2015-2018 joint action plan to prevent and combat bullying

 “No one deserves to be humiliated, belittled or excluded. Bullying is an attack on human dignity. Together, we must build a more just and equitable society, one in which bullying has no place.” – Philippe Couillard

 

On November 18, 2015, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, accompanied by the Minister of Families, Minister responsible for Seniors and Minister responsible for Anti-Bullying, Ms. Francine Charbonneau, and the Member for Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for the youth, early childhood and anti-bullying files, Ms. Caroline Simard, introduced[U1]  the 2015-2018 joint action to prevent and combat bullying: Ensemble contre l’intimidation, une responsabilité partagée (United against bullying: A shared responsibility). The action plan was unveiled at the National Assembly, in the presence of the Member for Richelieu and Official Opposition critic for seniors and anti-bullying, Mr. Sylvain Rochon, the Member for Repentigny and Second Opposition Group critic for families and anti-bullying, Ms. Lise Lavallée, and the Member for Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques, Ms. Manon Massé.

“Bullying affects everyone; no one deserves to be humiliated, belittled or excluded. This joint action plan reaffirms the Quebec government’s commitment to prevent and combat bullying among all age groups and across the board, including in cyberspace. Our ultimate goal, through the measures proposed, is to build a safe, respectful society; a society that takes care of vulnerable people; a society for people of all ages, that is open to differences and rich in diversity. That’s the Quebec we want to build, together.” – Philippe Couillard

To implement the action plan, the Quebec government will invest a total of $4.4 million by 2018. The action plan is the result of the concerted effort of 16 ministries and government organizations, and would not have been possible without the collaboration of several stakeholders in the last year, including: 

  • close to 200 participants from the Forum on the fight against bullying
  • more than 3 000 respondents from the online consultation process
  • 65 people and organizations who submitted a brief
  • youths and seniors who participated in targeted consultations
  • representatives from Aboriginal organizations that participated in a day of reflection
  • members of the committee of experts on cyberbullying
  • researchers and partners consulted during the development of the action plan
  • members of the National Assembly associated with the fight against bullying

53 measures grouped under 5 orientations:

  1. Ensure that public spaces are positive, welcoming and respectful of all people:

     

    By promoting equal relations and behaviours that are inclusive and defined by civic-mindedness, starting in early childhood
    By promoting sportsmanship

  2. Prevent bullying, make the consequences of bullying known and improve our collective capacity to take action: By disseminating information and raising overall awareness in society
  3. Bolster the competencies of everyone working on the ground:

    Through training, support and sharing of best practices

  4. Provide support and tools to victims and witnesses, and intervene with perpetrators: By adopting preventive practices and reporting procedures Through knowledge of existing recourses and aid resources By backing the creation of various initiatives and projects across all sectors
  5. Gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of bullying and support interventions: By backing research and analyzing current practices to promote best practices

 

 

The FNQLHSSC and several other Aboriginal organizations participated in the day of reflection on April 24, 2015, with the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones and the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés, with a view to developing this action plan. The result is but the first step in the fight against the bullying of First Nations. According to Ms. Marjolaine Siouï, Executive Director of the FNQLHSSC, “this plan is not a panacea for the discrimination, racism and social exclusion experienced by First Nations. The Commission and the other regional organizations will continue to work with the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador to make sure that the special needs and challenges of First Nations are addressed in a distinct plan.”

To consult the joint action plan, Ensemble contre l’intimidation, une responsabilité partagée, visit www.intimidation.gouv.qc.ca. (French only)