Thank you for attending the 2018 National Gathering and Day of Fasting
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of Fasting Highlight reel
We want to express our deep gratitude for the thousands who joined us in standing up to end violence against women and children on October 18th, the day of our National Gathering and Day of Fasting. It was an honour to host our Gathering on Algonquin territory – miigwetch.
The day was spent in ceremony, providing space to reflect about our actions and truly be present together as we work towards a future where women and children are safe, respected, and loved. Over 300 people gathered together in the Shaw Centre for a morning of reflection and impassioned addresses from Paul, Raven, and Sage Lacerte, as well as a moving address from Elder Mike Mitchell. Together, we learned about the very real importance of ending violence, of practicing culture and getting back to one’s roots, and of being genuine and truthful in a space where too often we are silenced. Healing circles were held so groups could share their stories and feel the power of their connection to others, as well as the power of their voices.
Hundreds more joined us on the Walk to End Violence Against Women, which took us from Confederation Park to gather on Parliament Hill, where we were inspired by the fierceness of youth Daxton’s speech and honoured by Minister Carolyn Bennett’s words of support.
We are so grateful to those who led our afternoon cultural workshops – the Elders, knowledge-keepers, activists, and community leaders – and nourished our minds and hearts with their teachings. Furthermore, we want to thank everyone who spoke throughout the day, sharing their stories and what this Campaign means to them.
The National Gathering was truly an impactful day and we are so honoured to see the overwhelming amount of love and support you continually give us; it strengthens us to continue doing this crucial work, now with you by our sides.
To those who joined us in Ottawa: thank you. To those who stood with us virtually: thank you. To those who joined our livestream: thank you. To those who fasted with us: thank you. To those who wore and shared their moose hide pins: thank you. Thank you!