End The R-Word

People First Nova Scotia has completed the four year National Language Presentation project, as of March 31, 2018.

PFNS plan to continue to provide this presentation to schools and classrooms around the province, to continue to elevate awareness and reduce bullying and discrimination.

From April 2014-March 2018, People First Nova Scotia has provided “The importance of Language” presentation to over thirty schools .

Here are our statistics for the four years:

YEAR                              # of schools                                    # of presentations                  # of students reached        2014-2015                               11                                                                25                                                      594

2015-2016                               17                                                               50                                                     1326

2016-2017                                3 (teachers under work to rule)   14                                                       370

2017-2018                                9                                                               56                                                      1778


PFNS reached a total of  over 4000 students in four  years with this presentation on Human Rights.

IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE PRESENTATION was created by People First of Canada over a two year period and was funded by the federal government It was presented to every province / territory in the last four years.

The seventh and eight grades were targeted as these are the grades that students usually receive studies about Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights. Our presentation aligns these rights for all citizens with persons with intellectual disabilities.  It is viewed as an effective tool to reduce discrimination, prejudice and bullying. It is also the national campaign to eradicate the “R” word.

People First NS members were busy in the four years of this national project. Presentations were made to several NSCC classes in the province and several students were trained to assist with the presentations. Presentations were made to provincial representatives of the NS Dept. of Education, including the School Plus provincial representatives for First Nations, African Canadians, Social Studies and Disabilities Departments. Over 4000 students were presented the “Importance of Language” presentation from 2014 to 2018. People First NS is continuing this presentation in future school years. Presentations were completed in schools in every district.  References can be obtained from any of the schools that received the presentation  – list available at our provincial office.

 Some samples of comments from students that experienced the presentation in 2016, when asked the most important thing they learned:

 “There are people who get really hurt from someone saying the “R” word”                                                                                                       “Not to use the “R” word!”                                                                                                                                                                                           “Respect others and include them!”                                                                                                                                                                                   “I didn’t know before that the “R” word was used as a name for people”                                                                                                         “The “R” word doesn’t have to be bad, that it can be “respect” also”                                                                                                           “To treat people with disabilities the same way you would treat someone else”                                                                                          “That the “R” word has a gigantic impact”                                                                                                                                                                    “How hurtful it is for a person with a disability to hear that word”                                                                                                                   “That even if you are joking when you call someone the “R” word – it can still hurt someone’s feelings”                                          “You should not be a bully to others”                                                                                                                                                                             “Not to put labels on people”                                                                                                                                                                                        “Words hurt”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I have epilepsy so I can relate quite strongly- It makes me happy to be seeing the presentation”                                                         “I learned how to talk to my cousin”




People First Canada has created a LANGUAGE PRESENTATION for presentation to grade seven classes across the country. Our provincial chapters will be presenting this in each of their provinces and territories to grade seven classes as this is the year students learn about Civic Rights. The Language Presentation is presented by a self advocate ( a citizen who has been labelled with an intellectual disability) in the classroom. This presentation will align the civil rights of persons with intellectual disabilities with all other Canadian citizens. It is also the national campaign to get rid of the “R” word. This will be a powerful tool to help minimize discrimination, prejudice and bullying and help create awareness and inclusion.

Nova Scotia plans to provide this presentation to schools that are interested in having it presented. For more information please contact: Cindy Carruthers at pfns2014@gmail.com or call toll free 1-877-454-3860.




Here are some videos that show why we shouldn’t use the R-Word:

This wikiHow article  describes how someone can stop using the R word:


Please visit  The R-Word: Spread The Word To End The Word  to take the pledge!