The third annual Moosehide Campaign to end violence against Aboriginal women and children
took to the steps of the BC legislature Feb. 20. Men from both the Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal communities came together to denounce the violence and
pledge to speak up against violence in their communities. The event was organized by the B.C.
Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Men wore moosehide patches and
many fasted for one day to show solidarity. “All of us in this room love our
mothers, our sisters and our daughters,” said executive director Paul Lacerte.
He said Aboriginal women are five times more likely to see violence towards
them than non-Aboriginal women, and five times more likely to be murdered. “I
carry an incredible sadness in my heart to know how much suffering there has
been for women in our community,” Lacerte said.