Janice Liu

Back to school fills some kids with dread.

For them, the ringing of the class bell sounds like the bell that starts a boxing match - and here come the bullies.

New Moon Girls' back-to-school issue offers something a little different this year, though - not only nuts-and-bolts tools if you're seeing someone being bullied, but an approach you probably never thought of.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He talks about the value that Anishinaabe culture places on respecting the wholeness of the human body when considering things such as blood donations and transfusions, organ donation, body piercing, vasectomies, tattoos, amputations and surgical alterations.  He also stresses the importance of respecting each other's differences, to not tease or bully those with different identities or lifestyles.

We wrap up our Community Week series on Northland Morning leading up to the MCCU Twin Ports Bridge Festival tonight in Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.  We talk with Xavier Bell, the director of Community Engagement for Community Action Duluth.  A speech that he gave back in 2011 was a touchstone for Shane Bauer to create the Twin Ports Bridge Festival. 

Nate Lindstrom

Shane Bauer of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival joined us to kick off Community Week on Northland Morning and talk about this year's theme for the festival, re-defining bullying.

The Safe and Supportive Schools act was signed into law in April of 2014 and now the conversation is turning to, not only ways to protect the victims, but the appropriate way to deal with their harassers. Duluth Mayor Don Ness has launched the Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying and other conversations are taking place about the bullies themselves.