This violence prevention series is dedicated to all Indigenous women and girls across Turtle Island who have lost their lives to violence. With all the hardships and loss associated with violence, may we always remember to love, respect, honour and support Indigenous women and girls and their families.
May we, as Indigenous men and boys, walk with them for a better and safer future.
MESSAGE FROM ROBERT BERTRAND
NATIONAL CHIEF, CONGRESS OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
"The act of violence against Indigenous women and girls has reached epic proportions that no longer can be tolerated in our communities.
The threat of violence to Indigenous women and girls is real. Protecting them is but one aspect of our roles as Indigenous men and boys in this front. As the threat grows, and more Indigenous women and girls become affected by violence, we must ready our Indigenous men and boys to become actors for change and to begin supporting them when the time is asked of us.
We cannot shy away from this subject nor can we think about it as another person’s problem, or that it won’t affect us. It already has. The continuation of our peoples depends on the actions we take from this day forward.
As National Chief, I am proud to see this resource, that was born from community knowledge using sacred teachings, come to life. Walking In Her Moccasins means something different for everyone and for me it means coming together to acknowledge our past and walk into a future that is free from violence for Indigenous women and girls."