TEN MEN CHALLENGE
The Ten Men Challenge is a 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).
This is an educational program in which 10 male students from grades 9 to 11, referred to as the “10 Men”, volunteer to fast for one day. T-shirts are provided to each of the participants. A two-hour school wide assembly was held during the initial pilot program with invitations to all local and regional elected officials and local stakeholders, with over 450 people in attendance.
First Nations Protocols were followed and the event featured a keynote address by Paul and Raven Lacerte, First Nations dancers and a Feast at sundown to break the fast for the 10 Men. The event was resounding success for both the participants and the student body and people in attendance. As part of refining our educational programing for younger audiences we are developing a promotional video and tool-kit to assist other secondary schools in conducting their own Ten-Men Challenges.
The students in the 10 Men challenge program participate in follow-up workshops and 10 Men challenge programs to measure the success of the program. Each student is required to mentor the next cohort of students until they graduate from school.
The deployment of the 10 Men Program through secondary schools across Canada will achieve the following objectives:
- The development of a bilingual language tool kit for the 10 Men Challenge Program
- The production and distribution of “Dix Hommes” and “Ten men” t-shirts to schools across the country
- The development of both English and French language videos which includes a step-by-step guide for how to run the 10 men challenge program in a secondary school
- An evaluation process to measure the impact of the 10 Men projects on young men in secondary schools and the resulting decrease in violence towards women and children in their communities.