A single black bear led a Vancouver school’s administrators to keep students inside, but it has also created an opportunity for humane education. The Fur-Bearers are always happy to create and provide educational materials for schools, but this time there was a twist: it’s a French immersion school.
As a result, The Fur-Bearers have created a multilingual bear co-existence sheet for students. It has an explanation of why we need to co-exist, as well as tips on what to do if a bear is encountered, and how to prevent conflict situations. It was translated professionally, and will be distributed to the school soon. If you’re interested in getting a copy of this document for use, please email email@example.com.
But it also led to a larger conversation: English isn’t the only language spoken in Canada, and if we want to be advocating on behalf of the animals, we need to communicate compassionately with everyone, not just English speakers. The Fur-Bearers are currently in the process of creating, translating, and printing multilingual #MakeFurHistory pamphlets that will include information in English, Quebecois French, and simplified Chinese.
If you’d like to be notified when these pamphlets are ready for order, or to find out how you can get them printed locally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to an email list.
As budget allows and needs arise, The Fur-Bearers will continue to develop multilingual advocacy tools to ensure that Canadians of all backgrounds and visitors to Canada can hear our messages of compassion and the need to protect wildlife.