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The Circle

EMPOWERING YOUTH FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

 

Our programs follow children and youth throughout their development. Exposure to messages that build upon one another from elementary to high school means consistent learning and practising of skills to build healthy relationships.

 

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Committed to fostering respect, courage, diversity, connection and innovation.

 

The Circle, formerly SWOVA, has worked for more than two decades to address violence in all forms. Founded as a ‘wake-up call’ for action against gender-based violence, The Circle has become a champion of information on individual rights and protection and has developed education programs and awareness initiatives to address discrimination and violence based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability.

 

The Circle’s youth programs encourage young people to challenge assumptions and learn skills that foster healthy, equal relationships. The Circle believes that all human beings should be free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices.

 

We envision inclusive and gender-equitable communities living violence-free.

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We are committed to fostering inclusive, gender-equitable and violence-free communities. Learn more! 

Programs

Explore our programs for youth and educators: Healthy Relationships, Training, Community Events and Awareness.

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OUR VALUES

RESPECT

To treat each other with consideration and dignity, fostering self-respect and respect for others.

Courage

To speak, act, and advocate for what is right, working for social justice and persevering against social injustice.

Diversity

To include different voices and perspectives with an understanding and appreciation for all.

Connection

To seek opportunities for collaboration and effective partnerships that foster caring and belonging in communities.

Innovation

To be flexible and responsive in addressing the unique and changing needs of the communities we serve.

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News & Events

Grade 8 Mentorship Program for New High School Students

Grade 8 Mentorship Program for New High School Students

Are you nervous about entering high school? Do you have questions about what to expect in Grade 8? Have you heard about Pass it On? Pass it On is a mentorship program that pairs curious Grade 8 buddies with friendly high school mentors to create a safe and trusted...

Summers in Aklavik to Explore Gwich’in roots

Summers in Aklavik to Explore Gwich’in roots

Rikilyn Traer’s summers used to revolve around visits with family and friends in Aklavik in the Northwest Territories. The recent residential school findings were a turning point for her. It made her realize she wants to be more part of the Gwich’in heritage and...

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