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Take Care of Others

iknowmine staff - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

“Take Care of Others” is a shared value across many Alaska Native cultures. Often people in rural Alaskan communities make it a priority to care for others. For example it is tradition for youth to share their first hunting catch with an elder in their home community. Some hunters work extra to help fill the freezers of elders while they are also providing for themselves and their families.

February is an opportunity for us to learn and talk about how we can help care for each other around dating violence because February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). #TDVAM is nationally recognized and provides an opportunity to talk about abuse and heal from it. Dating violence involves physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a relationship. It can occur in person or electronically (such as cyber bullying, or using technology to abuse someone). Violence is common—nearly 1 in 10 of all high school students in Alaska reported physical dating violence

(Photo credit and statistic by Urban Institute)

There are lots of places that are available to help and tools help promote safety. The Getting Together “safety card” has information about healthy relationships, how to help your friends, and how to get help. Learn more about healthy relationships from

To combat cyber bullying, That's Not Cool developed the Respect Effect App, a mobile app that teaches us how to respect ourselves and each other.

Let’s take care of our peers by having conversations about healthy relationships and sharing this information!