About

WALKING

IN HER

MOCCASINS

An experiential violence prevention resource for Indigenous men and boys.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and White Ribbon began collaborating in January 2016 to implement a multi-year initiative to engage Indigenous men and boys, to enhance their capacity to both respond and prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls. The project is rooted in the rights of Indigenous women and girls to live free from all forms of violence, and encourages Indigenous men and boys to play positive and culturally relevant roles to promote gender equality. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and White Ribbon acknowledge the impact of colonialism on Indigenous communities, and through this Bundle offer healing-based exercises, specific to Indigenous communities, which can be adapted as needed. While the Bundle is geared towards the engagement with Indigenous communities, it is hoped this resource can also enhance non-Indigenous women, girls, men and boys’ awareness and understanding of the diversity and beauty of Indigenous cultures and healing practices.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is one of five National Aboriginal Representative Organizations recognized by the Government of Canada. Founded in 1971 as the Native Council of Canada, the organization was originally established to represent the interests of Métis and non-status Indians. Reorganized and renamed in 1993, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples has extended its constituency to include all off-reserve status and non-status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples, and serves as the national voice for its provincial and territorial affiliate organizations. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which facilitates its participation on international issues of importance to Indigenous Peoples.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. White Ribbon is guided by a vision of masculinity that embodies the best qualities of being human, and believes that men are part of the solution and part of a future that is safe and equitable for women and girls. White Ribbon’s values include: consent, equality, equity, respect, listening, and accountability. White Ribbon works from an intersectional feminist approach, partnering with a wide diversity of women's organizations and networks, instrumental to the development of White Ribbon’s strength based prevention approaches. While White Ribbon believes all violence is wrong, and acknowledges men and boys do experience violence, the organization distances and differentiates itself fully from men’s rights organizations.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Inspire Indigenous men and boys to get involved in ending violence toward Indigenous women and girls and encourage their social group to become involved;
  • Provide education, skills and tools to Indigenous men and boys to address issues of violence against Indigenous women and girls;
  • Support service providers and community organizations in their practice of engaging Indigenous men and boys to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls;
  • Encourage Indigenous men and boys to support their women and girl counterparts and support efforts by Indigenous men and boys who choose to be non-violent;
  • Develop culturally relevant teachings to our constituents and be cognizant of the diversity within Indigenous communities;
  • Re-establish traditional relationships with Indigenous women and men and understanding our teachings have never tolerated violence towards Indigenous women and girls.

BUNDLE OBJECTIVES

•  To inspire Indigenous men and boys to build healthy relationships;

•  To provide ways Indigenous men and boys can prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls;

•  To encourage Indigenous men and boys to support the rights of Indigenous women and girls to safety and security;

•  To respect and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous cultures;

•  To re-establish traditional relationships, based on respect and equality, between Indigenous women and men.