SUDBURY –Students at Cambrian College are actively committing themselves to an Indigenous grassroots movement to end violence against women and children through the Moose Hide campaign. The movement has its roots in British Columbia, and began with Indigenous men inviting all other men to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in their lives, and to support and hold each other accountable to end the cycle of violence.
Although the Moose Hide campaign is not yet well-known in northern Ontario, male and female students are actively promoting it to other students, staff, and faculty. They’re asking everyone to join them in taking a pledge to stand up against violence, and they’re pinning pieces of moose hide to their jackets and shirts to signify their commitment to the cause.
“This student-driven initiative values compassion and support for men, as well as the women and children in their lives,” explained Kelly Senecal, who is a cultural facilitator at the College’s Wabnode Centre for Aboriginal Student Support. “It is very inspiring to see our students devoting their time and energy to raise awareness about the Moose Hide campaign. They’re making personal commitments to stand up against violence and to be role models in their families and communities, which is both courageous and compassionate,” Senecal continued.
The College is supporting the students with the campaign, and Senecal is preparing for a Sacred Fire ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Following Indigenous traditions, at the ceremony, male students may opt to fast for 24 hours to honour their ancestors and to seek strength as they follow through on their commitments.
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