TEN MEN CHALLENGE
The Ten Men Challenge is an program designed to engage young men and encourage them to pledge to stand up against violence towards women and children. It is a practical example of Reconciliation in Action and will promote and facilitate the growth of the Moose Hide Campaign in secondary schools across the country.
The program was started in mid 2016, and the first Ten Men Challenge pilot project was launched by Raven and Paul Lacerte in Fraser Lake on April 27, 2017 at the invitation of the Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School (FLESS).
The event included the following key features:
- 10 male students from grades 9 to 11 who volunteered to Fast for one day (no food or water). They are referred to as the “10 Men”
- "10 Men” T-shirts provided to each of the males participating in the Fast
- A 2 hour school wide assembly
- Invitations to all local and regional elected officials and local stakeholders
- First Nations Protocols followed with a welcome by a local First Nation Representative
- A Keynote address by Paul and Raven Lacerte
- First Nations dancers performing at the end to finish the school based event
- A Feast at sundown to break the Fast for the 10 Men
The event was a great success for both the participants and the rest of the student body in attendance. Soon secondary schools across Canada will be able to use the promotional video and tool-kit developed during the pilot project to help start their own Ten-Men Challenge projects.