Sashing Our Warriors Campaign - launched on International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women

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November 25th, 2017 marked the day of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

"This is a significant day to launch the Sashing Our Warriors Campaign" stated MNBC's Minister for Youth, Cassidy Caron, in her opening address.

Métis Nation BC's Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Women collaborated on the grassroots movement's calling attention to the impacts of violence against Métis Women and Girls. Approximately 80 were in attendance, including Metis Chartered Community representatives, Elders (Philip Gladue, Marie Bercier and Stella Johnson), MNBC Youth and Women Regional Representatives, and a number of other dignitaries.

Kwantlen First Nations member, Fern Gabriel, welcomed attendees to the territory with a song, and was followed by Métis Elder, Stella Johnson, who completed an opening prayer.

Opening remarks were provided by MNBC President, Clara Morin Dal Col, the Township of Langley Mayor, Jack Froese, City of Surrey Councillor, Vera LeFranc, MACIW Metis representative, Paulette Flamond, BC Society of Transition Houses, Joanne Baker, Metis RCMP Liaison, Cpl Susan Boyes.  Also in attendance were MNBC Vice President and Justice Minister Lissa Smith, and MNBC Women's Minister, Victoria Pruden.

Minister Pruden presented on the staggering statistics of the affects and impacts the impacts of violence against Indigenous (including Métis) women & girls who’ve either experienc(ed) or witness(ed) the many different types of violence in their lives.

President Morin Dal Col spoke of the importance of the campaign and her personal commitment to pursue every opportunity in addressing the issue on both the provincial and national scale.

Each of the 37 Chartered Communities in British Columbia will be provided the SOW campaign materials to distribute to their membership to continue the committment to honouring, respecting, and protecting, Métis women and girls by raising awareness and discussion on the issue.

See here for photo gallery on the event.

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Resources

Help line 1-800-563-0808

Victim Link BC

VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.

VictimLinkBC provides service in more than 110 languages, including 17 North American Aboriginal languages. In 2014-2015, VictimLinkBC assisted more than 12,000 people.

VictimLinkBC is TTY accessible. Call TTY at 604-875-0885; to call collect, please call the Telus Relay Service at 711. Text to 604-836-6381. Email VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

Directory of Victim Service and Violence Against Women Programs

Victim Service Directory (PDF) is a list of police-based and community-based victim service workers.

Children Who Witness Abuse Counselling Information Contact List (PDF) indexes programs that counsel children aged 3 to 18 who have witnessed violence against a parent, most often a mother. The programs help break the cycle of violence against women by helping children heal from the trauma of living in a violent situation and learn about healthy relationships.

Stopping the Violence – Counselling Information Contact List (PDF) is a list of counselling services for women who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence or childhood abuse. The range of individual and group counselling services is based on the needs of individual women and delivered in an accessible, safe and supportive environment.

Outreach Service Providers Contact List (PDF) are programs that deliver services include supportive counselling for women, referrals to appropriate community services, local transportation, accompaniment and advocacy.

Multicultural Outreach Services Providers Contact List (PDF) shows outreach services that are provided in up to 24 languages to ensure women are assisted by people who speak their own language and are familiar with their culture.

Women fleeing abuse often need a safe place to live. There are three types of housing:

  1. Transition houses provide safe, temporary 24/7 staffed shelter with support services.
  2. Safe homes provide safe, temporary short term shelter and support services.
  3. Second-stage houses help women who have left abusive relationships make plans for independent living. Women and their children usually stay in a second-stage house for 6-18 months. 

A list of transition houses, safe homes and second-stage housing https://www.bchousing.org/home

Battered Women's Support Services

Battered Women’s Support Services provides education, advocacy and support services to assist all battered women in its aim to work towards the elimination of violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promotes equality for all women.

BC Transition Housing

The BC Society of Transition Houses provides support to Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes and Children Who Witness Abuse and Violence is Preventable programs through training, advocacy, research and resources.

Background

Sashing Our Warriors Campaign, launched November 25, 2017, is a grassroots movement that calls attention to the impact of iolenc on our otherwise invisible Metis women and girls. Launch overview >>>

International Day for the elimination of violence against women is observed on 25th November every year. Back in 19th December 1999 General assembly of United Nations decided to designate a specific day globally to spread the awareness about the elimination of violence against women.

This date was declared after the cruel assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on the orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo in 1960.