Premier David Eby; Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General; Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; and Kelli Paddon, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, have issued the following statement in support of Moose Hide Campaign Day:
“Moose Hide Campaign Day is an opportunity for all of us throughout the province to unite and take a stand to end violence against women and children everywhere. We must continue to work together to create a safer world for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ people.
“The Moose Hide Campaign seeks to encourage men and boys to be accountable and part of the solution in the effort to end violence against all women and children.
“What began in B.C. as an Indigenous-led grassroots movement, the Moose Hide Campaign has since grown into a nationwide initiative of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from local communities, First Nations, schools and many other organizations sharing the commitment to move toward meaningful and lasting reconciliation.
“After two years of gathering virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are grateful that we will be able to meet in person for this year’s campaign, which has returned to the steps of the B.C. legislature, while maintaining a variety of programs online. Both spaces will feature traditional ceremonies, inspirational messages from guest speakers and live interactive workshops with Knowledge Keepers and facilitators.
“Our government is committed to a path forward to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ people that is directly informed by survivors, family members and communities. That’s why we have provided $2 million over four years to support the Moose Hide Campaign and emphasize our dedication to meaningful reconciliation.
“We are also continuing our work to implement the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, as well as developing an action plan to end gender-based violence.
“Today, we wear a moose hide pin to signify our own commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in our lives and speak out against gender-based and domestic violence.”
Learn about the Moose Hide Campaign: https://moosehidecampaign.ca/