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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