Indigenous leaders at march

Indigenous communities

We work with more Indigenous communities and organizations every year, inviting First Nation, Métis and Inuit supporters from across Turtle Island to share and benefit from the medicine of the moose hide. This last year, 60,000 pins were distributed to Indigenous communities, non-profits and Native Friendship Centers – and we welcome more every week.

Our campaign was founded by a family from the Carrier Nation in northern British Columbia. They put their traditional principles and practices at the centre of our movement – moose hide and the sacred connection with land it represents, a yearly fast, talking circles and other key ceremonies.

David Stevenson with supporter at gathering

We encourage Indigenous supporters and communities to bring their own ceremony and practices to the movement. Some have chosen to make their own hide patches from animals significant to their communities, such as bear or seal.

How-to guide for the Indigenous communities

Start here – read our detailed how-to guide on bringing the Moose Hide Campaign into your Indigenous community or organization.

> Download the guide

Campaign resources

Contact us

We love hearing from you. Reach out to us with your questions or ideas on bringing the Moose Hide Campaign into your community or organization. Reach out to our dedicated Indigenous outreach team on info@moosehidecampaign.ca

Get involved

  • Wear and share the moose hide pin

    Share the patch and its message with your community. Order as many as you need – we even have non-animal Naugahyde versions. Order now
  • Join Moose Hide Campaign Day

    Take part in our day of ceremony, fasting and meaningful conversation. Join the national event, where we hold workshops and hear from inspiring speakers, or organize your own event or talking circle in your community. Our next Campaign Day will be held in mid-May 2022.
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  • Host an event

    Put on an event about ending the crisis of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, about domestic violence, about paths to healthier masculinities. Ask Elders to speak and perform ceremony. Events can be held at any time of year.
  • Make a pledge

    Take the online pledge to let others know about your commitment as a community to stand up against violence towards women and children. Share it with a photo or video on social media or on our pledge wall.
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Students from Dakota Plains School, run by the Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation, Manitoba, came together to get their sweat lodge ready for Moose Hide Campaign Day 2021. These students worked all morning tending to the fire and working hard to make sure that the sweat lodge was up and running for the day. They ended with a feast to cap off the day.

The moose hide pins and cards will be distributed as part of our regular cultural men’s programming, among the Indigenous homeless in Ottawa. This opportunity will encourage participation in Indigenous community events; restore the feeling of belonging; encourage a sense of pride, remind them of traditional male roles; and to further one’s healing journey in respect to ending violence against women and children.

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

Campaigning during the Pandemic

Although campaigning activities are currently more restricted, they’ve never been more important. Domestic violence rose as much as 30% in some parts of Canada during the first lock-down. So, keep sharing the moose hide mission and message – but make sure you’re following local COVID-19 health and safety guidelines when organizing face-to-face campaigning.

Wellness worker Brian’s set-up a physically distanced Moose Hide Campaign kiosk in the Tsiigehtchic Community in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories.

During this period of increased health and social pressures - with assaults against women and children on the rise - there needs to be greater emphasis on us as men and as a society to reinforce in one voice that these abuses need to stop, he said.