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House of Assembly Participating in the Moose Hide Campaign

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by ahnationtalk on May 15, 202431 Views


May 15, 2024

The Honourable Derek Bennett, Speaker of the House of Assembly, is pleased to announce that the Newfoundland and Labrador Legislature is participating in the Moose Hide Campaign today.

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians committed to protecting women and children and speaking out against gender-based and domestic violence. The campaign is grounded in Indigenous ceremony and traditional ways of learning and healing, and this year marks the seventh consecutive year of our Legislature’s participation.

The Campaign began over 10 years ago, when co-founders Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven were hunting a moose on their traditional territory along the Highway of Tears, where dozens of women have gone missing or been murdered.

The heart of the Moose Hide Campaign is a small, square moose-hide pin – a symbol of solidarity in taking a stand against violence, supporting reconciliation and honouring Indigenous culture. This year, the Moose Hide Campaign is celebrating gifting five million pins across Canada in the campaign’s efforts towards reconciliation and ending violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit plus individuals.

Members of the House of Assembly began the day with reflection and prayer in the Chamber. The ceremony included a video message from Raven Lacerte, co-founder and national ambassador of the Moose Hide Campaign, a short video documentary regarding the Campaign, as well as reflection and prayer from Inuk Elder Emma Reelis.

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“As Speaker, I am pleased that the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly is participating in the Moose Hide Campaign for the seventh consecutive year, and I congratulate the Campaign on five million pins gifted in Canada. Each year, the House of Assembly looks forward to encouraging our Members to act to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit plus individuals and to take tangible steps towards reconciliation. I am also pleased to welcome Elder Reelis to our House of Assembly and honoured that she was present to offer reflection and guidance to Members during this important ceremony.”
Honourable Derek Bennett
Speaker of the House of Assembly

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