January 1st, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada since Confederation. The National MBA Games Organizing Committee recognizes the importance of this time in Canada’s history as an opportunity where the recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission derived from the UN Declaration of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples compels the Committee to mark this moment with its theme of “Today for Tomorrow”.
The Moose Hide Campaign has been selected as the Charity Partner for the MBA Games 2017. The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Men who are standing up against violence towards women and children. Wearing the moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together with other men and women to end violence against women and children. The vision is to spread the Moose Hide Campaign to organizations, communities, and governments throughout Canada. The MBA Games 2017 will challenge MBA leaders both men and women across Canada to work along with the Moose Hide Campaign to stand up against violence towards women and children.
Message from Moose Hide Campaign:
"Aboriginal women are three times more likely to experience domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women, and three times more likely than non-Aboriginal women to be killed by someone they know. Too many of our wives, daughters, sisters, aunties, mothers, grandmothers are not safe in their own home. Too many have been murdered or are missing. It is time for us to change this. This cycle of violence came from residential schools, racism against our Peoples, and colonization. It was never in our culture to do violence to the women and children in our families and communities, it was always our responsibility to protect them.
Many efforts, projects, and strategies are now under-way throughout the country to change this reality, but we can and need to do more. Silence is not good enough, and simply being a non-abuser is not good enough. We must speak up and take action."
Please stay tuned for more details on Moose Hide Campaign to be released by the MGOC within the coming weeks. For any further questions on the Charity Partner, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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