Canadian Kindness Leaders is a WITS™ program that aims to support Canadian schools and students in spreading kindness in their communities by providing training, toolkits & resources.

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Featured Projects

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Cayoosh Elementary School

Cayoosh Elementary School

Lillooet, British Columbia

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 Clinton Elementary School

Clinton Elementary School

Burnaby, British Columbia

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 Dr. K.A. Clark School

Dr. K.A. Clark School

Fort McMurray, Alberta

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École Alternative Le Baluchon

École Alternative Le Baluchon

Laval, Quebec

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 École Dickinsfield School

École Dickinsfield School

Fort McMurray, Alberta

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École George Jay School

École George Jay School

Victoria, British Columbia

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École Héritage Immersion School

École Héritage Immersion School

St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba

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Ecole John Stubbs Memorial

École John Stubbs Memorial

Victoria, British Columbia

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École Franco-Nord

École Franco-Nord

Prince George, British Columbia

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Ecole Victor Brodeur

École Le Rucher

Mascouche, Quebec

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École des Pionniers-de-Maillardville

École des Pionniers-de-Maillardville

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

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 Ecole primaire Terry Fox Elementary School

École primaire Terry Fox Elementary School

Pierrefonds, Quebec

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Ecole Victor Brodeur

École Taché

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Ecole Victor Brodeur

École Victor Brodeur

Victoria, British Columbia

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 George M. Murray Elementary

George M. Murray Elementary

Lillooet, British Columbia

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James Bay Community School

James Bay Community School

Victoria, British Columbia

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James Bay Community School

Joe A Ross School

Opaskwayak, Manitoba

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 Juniper School

Juniper School

Thompson, Manitoba

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 Juniper School

Lord Selkirk Elementary School

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Marigold Elementary School

Marigold Elementary School

Victoria, British Columbia

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 Juniper School

Our Lady of Victory School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Quadra Elementary School

Quadra Elementary School

Victoria, British Columbia

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 Quinson Elementary School

Quinson Elementary School

Prince George, British Columbia

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 Quinson Elementary School

Shoreline Community Middle School

Victoria, British Columbia

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 St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School

Okotoks, Alberta

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 Stevenson-Britannia School

Stevenson-Britannia School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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St. Ignatius School

St. Ignatius School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Tillicum Elementary

Tillicum Elementary

Victoria, British Columbia

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Tillicum Elementary

Tsay Keh Dene School

Prince George, British Columbia

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Victoria School for Ideal Education

Victoria School for Ideal Education

Victoria, British Columbia

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Teacher Resources

Looking to launch a Kindness based project at your school?

Developing Canadian Kindness Leaders Projects through Design Thinking

A Resource-based Toolkit for Canadian Schools Implementing Canadian Kindness Leaders

We’ve put together a resource guide that features great background information as well as links to many activities from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Adolescent Kit for Innovation and Expression also found below.

The Adolescent Kit is a global resource designed specifically for young people to learn about themselves and their peers, explore issues important to them, and create arts-based and action-oriented projects.

Facilitators Guide

The Facilitators Guidance provides guidance and tools for facilitators using the resources in the Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation (Adolescent Kit) in programmes and interventions in humanitarian situations. It explains how facilitators can use and adapt the resources in the Adolescent Kit to lead activities for adolescents that support their psychosocial well being, learning and positive engagement with the world around them.

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Active
Listening

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Agreeing to Group Rules

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Animal, Insect, Bird Stories

PDF 112kb

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Brainstorming Solutions

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Choosing a Challenge Topic

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Collaborative Decision Making

PDF 73kb

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Community
Dialogue

PDF 72kb

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Compromise
Chart

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Create a Pitch

PDF 75kb

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Forming Problem & Opportunity Statements

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Gallery Walk Tool

PDF 384kb

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Household, Friend and Community Dialogue

PDF 118kb

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Humans of our Household

PDF 101kb

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I Am, I Have, I Can (Online)

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I Am, I Have,
I Can

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Imagine a
Better Place

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Imagine an
Invention

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Insight
Statements

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Learning and Mood Pre-Check

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Learning and Mood Post-Check

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My Journey
Map

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Our challenges, Our Solutions

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Our Environment (Online)

PDF 178kb

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Our
Environment

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Ourselves on the Inside and Outside (Online)

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Ourselves on the Inside and Outside

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Plan a
Project

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Practicing Interviewing Skills

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Project Plan
Template

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Project Timeline Tree

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Prototyping

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Recognizing Resources

PDF 85kb

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Road Map

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Seeing from Different Perspectives

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Ten Key
Approaches

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Ten Key
Competencies

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Videos

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Eligibility

You must meet the criteria…

  • You are in a Canadian school
  • You have students who are between 9 and 12 years old

Your project will be judged using the following four metrics.

Your project must…

Focus on Kindness

Does the project focus on how people can be kind to one another?

Feature Community Involvement

Does the project involve your whole class, school, or community?

Be Inclusive and Accepting of Diversity

Does your project include everyone in the class, school, or community no matter what their differences or abilities are?

Connect with being Canadian

Does the project encourage Canadians to be kinder, inclusive, and more accepting of one another?

Involve Your School

Canadian Schools

All schools that teach grades 4 through 6 or 7, and are located in one of the following Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba or Quebec are eligible to apply.

A map of Canada showing the four Provinces we are running the program in: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

What are the requirements in order to participate?

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About Us

The WITS Program Foundation is excited to continue with Canadian Kindness Leaders!

Canadian Kindness Leaders (CKL) engages Canadian youth with projects of kindness and inclusion in provinces across Canada. In phase 1, we train youth in the evidence-based WITS LEADS curriculum in conjunction with exploring an all-encompassing theme of kindness. In phase 2, we encourage and facilitate youth-led social action micro-projects that promote the values of lateral kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

A series of three photographs of children engaged in their community. They are doing work that helps the environment, the communtiy and each other.

Participating schools received:

  • WITS LEADS materials including books, lesson plans, posters, bookmarks, and pencils
  • Year long online subscription to the WITS Programs Foundation
  • Funding to help with costs of social action micro-projects
  • Featured on our platform for sharing kids’ kindness projects and initiatives
  • Follow up support as needed
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Brought to you by WITS Programs Foundation

The WITS™ group of programs brings together schools, families and community members to help children learn effective strategies to deal with peer victimization. We partner with Pink Shirt Day, celebrated annually on the last Wednesday of February. The WITS Programs Foundation is a nonprofit society and registered Canadian Charity.

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COVID-19

CKL will operate according to the health guidelines of the respective provinces involved. Please contact us if you need more details.

CKL is made possible in part by these supporters: