Moose Hide Campaign seeks to stop violence against women and children
Photo from Moose Hide Campaign Facebook page
What was once a small grassroots movement has transformed into a national gathering.
Moose Hide Campaign, celebrated on February 13th, is a movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men standing up against violence towards women and children. Participants are encouraged to wear a moose hide pin that signifies their support in honouring, respecting, and protecting women and children
According to their website, the Moose Hide Campaign began in 2011 when a father and daughter were hunting moose in their traditional territory along the Highway of Tears.
“As the daughter was skinning the moose her father started thinking…They were so near the highway that has brought so much sorrow to the communities along its endless miles, here with his young daughter who deserved a life free of violence…That’s when the idea sprang to life! What if they used the moose hide to inspire men to become involved in the movement to end violence towards women and children? Together with family and friends they cut up the moose hide into small squares and started the Moose Hide Campaign.”
The day consists of a Provincial Gathering and a Day of Fasting, and includes a variety of presentations, workshops and cultural activities at UNBC, the College of New Caledonia, the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, Hadih House, and the Fire Pit Cultural Drop-In Centre.
For a full list of events, you can follow this link.