Ending Violence Towards Aboriginal Women and Children
For Immediate Release
February 14, 2013
Ending Violence Towards
Aboriginal Women and Children
Esquimalt and Songhees Territory / Victoria, BC – On Friday, February 15th, from 9 am to 12:00 pm, Aboriginal men and many of their allies will meet at the Harbor Towers Hotel in Victoria to stand up for Aboriginal Women and Children and to speak out against all forms of violence towards them.
Aboriginal women are three times more likely to experience domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women, and three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to be killed by someone they know. Too many wives, daughters, sisters, aunties, mothers, and grandmothers are not safe. Too many have been murdered or missing. Too many are being abused by members of the RCMP, by other police forces, and in public institutions.
“Many efforts, projects, and strategies are now under-way throughout the province to change this reality, but as men we can and need to do more” says Paul Lacerte, Organizer and Executive Director of the BC Assn of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. “We need to speak up and take positive action, and we need to support each other as Aboriginal men in our healing journey”.
In order to spread this Movement, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men are participating in a Moose Hide Campaign in which they wear a small patch of moose hide to symbolize their commitment to stand up against violence towards Aboriginal women and children.
A Press Conference will be held on the front steps of the BC Legislature on Friday, February 15th at 1:00 pm where the gathering will be joined by the Honorable Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and by representatives of the Official Opposition. Speeches will address the urgent need for healing, positive change and the importance of working together. Traditional Aboriginal protocols will also be observed.
For further information contact:
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Ph. 800-990-2432 or 250-388-5522