We know violence is happening all over the place all the time. And it’s not okay. These are the people standing up against it. ~ Raven Lacerte
Raven Lacerte (@Moose_Hide) is Carrier from the Lake Babine Nation in Western Canada. She is also a co-founder and national ambassador of the Moose Hide Campaign, a national grassroots organization working to end violence against women and children.
The Moose Hide Campaign is an Indigenous-led innovation that has already helped to spur millions of conversations about gender equality, healthy relationships and positive forms of masculinity in support of its overarching mission to end gender-based violence.
Moose Hide’s work benefits Canadians of all backgrounds. It also has direct links to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Indigenous women and children experience violence at much higher rates than the rest of the population. Part of this conversation deals with the reasons why they are at higher risk, and what we can do to break the cycle.
Raven’s positive, solution-oriented approach shines light on a devastating problem that thrives in the shadows. It also shows how Indigenous practices and culture can drive innovation and solutions for present-day problems.
This conversation will benefit legal professionals looking to improve their Indigenous intercultural competency or expand their perspectives more generally, especially in relation to gender-based violence.
If you believe we can create a safe, healthy world for women and children, this episode is a must-listen. Raven provides many concrete actions we can all do to bring Moose Hide’s vision into reality.
- Violence against women, children and people of all genders
- Risks and rates of exposure to violence for Indigenous women
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- The role of legal professionals in breaking cycles of violence
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9:02 How Raven describes her day job
9:35 Raven’s introduction to the Carrier People and territory
11:30 The creation of the Moosehide Campaign
11:45 The Highway of Tears
22:40 Focusing on positive action rather than give into hopelessness
23:30 The significance of a Moose Hide pin
35:30 Contributing sources to the cycle of violence
38:40 Residential schools
42:30 The role of women in the Moose Hide campaign
45:45 Moose Hide and LGBTQ2S
46:20 The Circle of Wise Aunties
48:20 Native Friendship Centres
49:45 The role legal professionals can play to support the goals of the Moose Hide campaign
52:30 The high rates of domestic violence that goes unreported
1:02:10 Thoughts about the future of the Moose Hide campaign
1:03:40 Addressing the heightened risks for visibly Indigenous women
1:05:30 Reciprocal Consulting
1:06:22 Raven’s thoughts on what she would say to herself in an email sent back in time
1:08:00 Fasting in detail
1:13:20 Moose Hide curriculum for schools
1:14: 00 The Ten Men Challenge
1:16:00 Safe Space, Safe Place
1:17:50 How Raven defines success for herself
1:18:40 Tough choices or sacrifices Raven made to get where she is today
1:21:07 If Raven had to do a week’s worth of work in 3 hours
1:22:30 Things Raven does to look after herself
1:25:30 The best place to learn more about Raven’s work for busy people: https://moosehidecampaign.ca/
1:25:40 The Story of a Million Moose Hides (video)
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1:33:10 Raven’s calls to action