The Esk'etemc Commitment Sticks. ❤💛🖤 A brilliant simple way to acknowledge individual responsibility to live violence free.
"Esk'etemc Commitment Sticks are symbols of a personal commitment to live violence free and a commitment to actively stop violence against Indigenous women and girls. "Violence against Indigenous women and girls is not just an issue now that it's before the media and the public—it's been an issue for several years," says Chief Belleau. "The government and the police may now have their programs, policies and procedures, but at the end of the day, violence against our women is also a community responsibility. So my push is for us to provide leadership and to do something ourselves, without worrying about what the government or police are doing about it. We might not be able to control what's going on in a big city or anywhere else, but we can start with our own families and communities and Nations." Commitment sticks are concerned with this issue, an issue that we can—and must—address. They flow from the idea that we must be involved in our own healing; it's not a matter of bringing in "experts" who can fix the community, but instead it's us, our culture, our leaders—guided by tradition and ceremony—that can help us. . Check out the FNHA website for info on hosting your own event/$1000 grant available to First Nation communities, and FAQ's. www.fnha.ca/commitmentstick
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