National Gathering and Day of Fasting poster

The 3rd annual National Moose Hide Campaign Gathering and Day of Fasting in Ottawa is part of the expanded Moose Hide Campaign days of Fasting and Support. This event brought together members of Parliament, senators, Aboriginal leaders, service leaders, the philanthropic community, community leaders, public servants and other guests.

Participants listened to speakers of honour and took part in ceremonies in support of efforts to end violence against women and children. These efforts included a day of fasting, participation in ceremonies and healing circles for men and women, and a feast at sunset marking the end of the fast.

Why participate in the Moose Hide Campaign fast?

On an early August morning in 2011, Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven were hunting moose near the infamous Highway of Tears.

They had brought down a moose that would help feed their family for the winter and provide a moose hide for cultural purposes. As Raven was skinning the moose she and her father couldn't help but realize how close they were to the highway that has brought so much sorrow to communities along the long and winding path. Paul knew his young daughter deserved a life free of violence and as they spoke and worked, and idea came to them.

What if they used the moose hide to inspire men to become involved in the movement to end violence towards Aboriginal women and children?

Together with family and friends they cut up the moose hide into small squares and started the Moose Hide Campaign. Over six years more than 1,000,000 squares of Moose Hide have been distributed and the grassroots campaign has spread to communities and organizations across Canada. Local campaigns have started in government offices, colleges, universities, on First Nations reserves, in Friendship Centres and, importantly, within individual Indigenous families.

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“We will continue to ask men to take positive and concrete steps forward in standing up and speaking out against violence towards women and children. By taking part in this one day fast you are showing your love and respect for the women in your life and supporting their right for peace and safety in their homes and communities.” Paul Lacerte, co-Founder –Moose Hide Campaign

Raven and Dominic presenting gift to Stephen Kwakfi

Resourcesto help you during the Gathering

  • Fasting Guide +

    The Moose Hide Campaign is a call to action to all men in Canada to stand shoulder to shoulder to show ourselves, each other, and all Canadians that violence is no longer tolerated in our communities and society. On October 18, 2018, we are inviting men to fast with us to stand up against violence towards women and children. Should you choose to respond to this call to action, we have put together a simple guide to explain the significance of the fast for the Moose Hide Campaign, offer some guidance in setting your intention, and to highlight some tips to ensure your safety. Read More
  • Role of Women in the Moose Hide Campaign +

    The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. Wearing the Moose Hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together with other men to end violence against women and children. This is a powerful idea and a commitment that is long over-due. But what about the role of Women in the Moose Hide Campaign? Read More
  • Why use moose hide in the Moose Hide Campaign +

    The question has been raised on a number of occasions as to why we use Moose Hide as the symbol for the Moose Hide Campaign and how it is associated to ending violence against women and children. The Moose Hide Campaign is open to receiving questions as one of the main objectives of the Campaign is to generate respectful dialogue. Read More
  • Fasting guide for those who cannot attend the Gathering +

    We encourage men and women to join us on October 18th for the National Gathering and Day of Fasting. Each year there is an annual Moose Hide Campaign gathering in Ottawa where men and women fast together. However, many will fast in their home communities throughout the country. This is an essential part of the Moose Hide Campaign and we want to ensure you are supported as you fast wherever you are. Here are some ideas to support you in your fast. Read More
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