NL Government: House of Assembly Participating in the Moose Hide Campaign for Fourth Consecutive Year
June 23, 2021
The Honourable Derek Bennett, Speaker of the House of Assembly, is pleased to announce that the House of Assembly is participating in the Moose Hide Campaign (MHC) today for the fourth consecutive year. The MHC is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. Wearing the moose-hide pin signifies a commitment to honour, respect and protect women and children, and to speak out against gender-based and domestic violence.
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.
Inuk elder Emma Reelis joined Members of the House of Assembly this morning to begin the day with prayer and reflection, and to present Members with their moose-hide pins, which will be worn during House proceedings today.
“I am pleased that the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly is once again participating in the MHC. This indigenous innovation allows all Canadians to add their voice to the call to put an end to domestic and gender-based violence. Our Legislature’s participation provides us with a valuable opportunity for learning and reconciliation.”
Honourable Derek Bennett, Speaker of the House of Assembly
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For more information on the Moose Hide Campaign and how to become involved, visit: www.moosehidecampaign.ca
Video message from Moose Hide Campaign co-founders: https://youtu.be/NyarLbtqrLo
Policy and Communications Officer
House of Assembly