The Moose Hide Campaign held its seventh annual provincial gathering and day of fasting on Thursday, February 15th. The Campaign calls for Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women to stand together to end violence against women and children.
According to the Campaign’s website, “Indigenous women are three times more likely to experience domestic violence than non-Indigenous women, and three times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be killed by someone they know. Too many of our wives, daughters, sisters, aunties, mothers, grandmothers are not safe in their own home. Too many have been murdered or are missing. It is time for us to change this.”
The website also provides various thought-provoking statistics, including the following:
“Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.”
“Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-indigenous women.”
“There are currently more than 1,200 Murdered or Missing Indigenous Women in Canada.”
One of the Campaign’s calls to action invites men to participate in a day of fasting to commemorate the death and disappearance of Indigenous women. Men are asked to refrain from eating and drinking as a symbol of empathy, and as a form of testing, practicing and deepening their commitment to ending violence against women.
On Thursday, more that 400 participants marched to the British Columbia Legislature in support of the campaign. The march culminated in the presentation of the one millionth Moose Hide Pin. Moose hide pins are distributed as campaign symbols showing solidarity and participation, and to spark conversations in the community about issues of violence again women and children. Participants of the march gathered at the B.C. Legislature, where B.C. Premier John Horgan presented the one millionth pin to Lorelei Williams. Ms. Williams is the founder of Butterflies in Spirit, a First Nations dance group made up mostly of family members of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Ms. Williams’ aunt, Belinda Williams, has been missing for years, and her cousin, Tanya Holyk, was murdered.
According to Victoria News, Premier Horgan affirmed the Province’s ongoing commitment to the cause, and announced the Province’s intention to allocate $2 million in support of the Moose Hide Campaign.
This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA or PBSC.