Reciprocal Relationships: Moose Hide Campaign, Vancouver Island University and Vancity

  • By Team #C2UExpo
  • 25 Apr, 2017

Written by Dominik Beckers (Vancouver Island University, BC). Dominik is part of the Community Jam Students Program.

If you are a male university student in Canada chances are greater that you feel safe on campus; you are enjoying your time at the post-secondary institution with the mission to educate yourself, to engage with peers, the community and faculty by participating in classes as well as social activities without any limitation. That is not the case for female students in Canada these days. Statistics in Canada (2010) reveal that the one in five women experience sexual assault while attending a post-secondary institution and Aboriginal women are 3 times as likely to be victims of violence than non-Aboriginal women. 

Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven, the founder of the ‘The Moose Hide Campaign’ a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Men who are standing up against violence towards women and children are addressing the issue with a National Moose Hide Signature Initiative called “Safe Space, Safe Place” which will be targeted towards University campuses across the country.

“The goal of the National Signature Initiative is to end all forms of violence towards women on University campuses by creating safe spaces and safe places; and by fostering reconciliation through dialogue, healing, and mutual understanding,” says Lacerte.

Vancouver Island University an Vancity are supporting the launch of the strong, influential and positive movement by raising funds as part of the Spirit Competition ($ 300.000) of the MBA Games 2017 and educating student leaders both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal men and women across Canada in academic institutions to work along with the Moose Hide Campaign to stand up against violence towards women and children. 

Vancouver Island University, Moose Hide Campaign Development Society and Vanity see synergies in the reciprocal relationships and to be agents of possible change and transformation. “The alignment of these organizations is creating new knowledge together” says Carrie Chassels, Executive Director of Student Affairs. “All three parties share fundamental commitment in learning from others and doing good thing for people.”

“Wearing moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together with other men to end violence against women and children” says Lacerte. “Our vision is to spread the Moose Hide Campaign to organizations, communities, and governments throughout Canada.”

Come to C2UExpo 2017 Community Jam and find out more about the collaborative relationships of the delegation of the Moosehide Campaign Development Society, Vancouver Island University, and Vancity and become part of their family by creating safer spaces and places in communities across the country.

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