NEWS RELEASE · 17th March 2011
Ending Violence BC
Aboriginal leaders and leaders in the anti-violence sector will be gathering today and tomorrow in Terrace at a regional symposium aimed at increasing the safety of Aboriginal women and youth in the Northwest.
Well over one hundred people are expected to attend the 2-day gathering on March 17 and 18 at Northwest Community College’s Waap Galts’ap (Community House) that will focus on enhancing knowledge about violence against women intervention and prevention, increasing coordination between Aboriginal and anti-violence service providers and safety focused strategic planning. Participants will include regional First Nations leadership, band health and social services, urban Aboriginal services, anti- violence services and others involved in responding to violence against women across the region.
Presentations and workshops will address topics ranging from “Justice and Healing on the Highway of Tears” to “Aboriginal Men Ending Violence”. Gathering moderator and presenter, Mavis Erickson of Prince George, said she is happy this event is taking place as it is the first of its kind in the region. “Far too many Aboriginal women and all women for that matter are suffering from violence and we must take steps to stop the violence,” says Mavis Erickson.
Ending Violence Association of BC Executive Director, Tracy Porteous, says, “….the number of women being killed across BC is a very serious concern and for every act of violence resulting in death there are also countless other assaults and sexual assaults that are reported, and there are thousands that go unreported. Let’s get together to break the silence and end violence.”
Event organizers have assembled an impressive host of presenters from the region and other parts of BC and Canada. The Gathering is being organized by the Ending Violence Association of BC in partnership with the Northwest Community College. Funding is being provided by the Department of Justice Canada and the Province of BC.
Women, youth and violence.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 29th March 2011
I was honoured to take part in welcoming the participants to Tsimshian territory.
I hugged some old friends, and met some new acquaintances.
The number of men in attendance could be counted on one hand.
Without the strong influence of men, violence against First Nations women and children will never be stopped.
Currently, the issue of ELDER ABUSE AND NEGLECT has my attention also.
It hurt to cares sometimes.
Comment by Amy Smythe on 17th March 2011
I wish I had known this was happening sooner. Kudos to the organizers on hosting such an event.
Not only is violence on women and youth on the rise. We live in an oppressive society, we depend on others to fill our deficits, and lack self understanding. In order to belong, we must qualify, and that power is usually given to the most popular or most manipulative.
As a people we have common needs and one of them is to belong. We all need to have value. Who has the power to decide who belongs? What is that message? Sometimes we view others as having needs to be fixed. Yet when we look at the person who recycles cans, that person goes around making te streets neater, and is possibly looking out for homes as he/she does that. This person has value.
The garbage collector goes around gathering our garbage, and most likely keeps an eye on homes and people as he/she does this job as well. He/she has value.
The old guy that walks the same route day after day, stops and talks to strangers along the way, probably taking a lot of grief off that unknowing person, has value.
We need to look at each other with color blind eyes, and seek that value in each.
Some of us can't assume the rights the rest of us take for granted... We need to unite.