The Moose Hide Campaign and the McConnell Foundation are co-hosting the second National Moose Hide Campaign event today in Ottawa as one of the Moose Hide Campaign’s flagship activities for their Engaging Men and Boys National Strategy.
The National Day of Fasting and Support is an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to being part of the solution to prevent and address violence against women and children. The goal is to see 1,000 men join the Moose Hide Campaign fast.
By abstaining from eating and drinking for a day, participants are demonstrating their commitment to being part of the solution to end gender-based violence and to bringing about positive changes in our families, communities and society.
- The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men who are taking a stand against violence targeting women and children. In this campaign, wearing a small piece of moose hide signifies the wearer’s commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their lives, and to work together with other men to end violence against women and children.
- The inspiration for the Moose Hide Campaign came from a hunting expedition in northern B.C. in 2011 near Highway 16, “the Highway of Tears,” when campaign founder Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven skinned a moose to feed the family over winter. The proximity to the highway sparked the idea that moose hide could be used as a symbol to end violence.
- According to Statistics Canada, Indigenous women experienced violence at a rate 2.7 times higher than that reported by non-Indigenous women.
- It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, includes a commitment to engage men and boys on gender-based violence-related themes and the role that men and boys can play in preventing this form of violence.
- Status of Women Canada supports this and similar initiatives that recognize that men and boys are part of the solution to addressing gender inequalities.
- The Moose Hide Campaign takes place during Women’s History Month, a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life.
- Moose Hide Campaign
- It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence
- Celebrate Women’s History Month
Resources for victims
- RCMP Sooke Victim Services (250) 642-5241
- Sooke Crisis & Referral Centre, (250) 642-0215
- Sexual assault centre, Victoria (250) 383-3232
Resources for offenders
- Rehabilitation for sex offenders (Canadian Government article, no actual resources offered)
- FAQs on sex offender treatment
- Sex Offender Help
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