NL Government: House of Assembly Participating in National Moose Hide Campaign Day
May 12, 2022
Today marks Moose Hide Campaign Day across Canada, and the Honourable Derek Bennett, Speaker of the House of Assembly, is pleased to announce that the Legislature is participating in this day of ceremony. The Moose Hide Campaign (MHC) is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, which calls on everyone to join together to take a stand against violence towards women and children and to take practical steps for our collective journey of reconciliation. This year marks the fifth consecutive year the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly will be participating in the MHC.
The inspiration for the MHC came to co-founders Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven in 2011 during a moose hunt on their traditional territory along a section of highway where dozens of women have gone missing or been murdered. Since then, the campaign has spread across all levels of government, police forces, Indigenous communities, the not-for-profit sector, K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions and many others who are taking it up to create safer spaces and support reconciliation.
Inuit Elder and respected healer, artist and educator, Dr. Jean Crane, will begin the day with a virtual address to Members in the House of Assembly Chamber where she will lead Members in reflection and prayer. Members will also be presented with their moose-hide pins, which will be worn during House proceedings today.
“With the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly participating in the MHC for the fifth consecutive year, Members are joining with hundreds of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations across the country in taking a stand against gender-based violence. I encourage all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to take part in this Indigenous grassroots movement via the campaign livestream, which will allow participants to witness and engage with the traditional ceremonies, keynote speakers and online workshops. Our Legislature’s participation is an opportunity for our Members to support an important national movement and to take part in a valuable cultural event.”
– Honourable Derek Bennett, Speaker of the House of Assembly
For more information on the Moose Hide Campaign and how to become involved, visit www.moosehidecampaign.ca.
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