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We invite your organization or community to participate in an effort to build healthy and equal relationships. It's a way for all communities to say that our future does not include violence against Aboriginal women.


Here are some ideas for participating in the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin campaign: 


1) Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Display
You might consider putting up a display at your local centre and handing out ribbons to interested passersby.

2) Honouring Women Feast
Have men hunt and prepare food at a special feast honouring the women in the community.

3) Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Walk
Organize a walk to raise awareness of men’s violence towards women. Focus on Fathers walking with their children and speaking out to eliminate violence.

4) Handprints Against Violence
Post a large sheet of paper with paint trays. Title the paper “These hands will never be used in violence”. Encourage Aboriginal men and youth to handprint the poster.

5) “Raising Children” Social
Focus on raising healthy children.

6) Writing Contest
Poetry, stories about the issues of Violence Against Women.

7) White Braided Leather Bracelets
Make bracelets (instead of ribbons) and sell them, donating proceeds to local woman’s shelter.

8) Guest Speaker
In every community, there are people who deal with issues of violence against Aboriginal women. You could invite an Elder, traditional teacher, representative from a women’s shelter or a woman who has experienced abuse to speak to your organization or community about respect for Aboriginal women. Invite Elders to speak on a panel about men’s violence or traditional roles of men and women.

9) Sign Off Poster
Create a giant white ribbon pledge sheet. Invite Aboriginal men and young people to sign the giant white ribbon as a statement of their pledge not to commit or condone any form of violence against Aboriginal women. This activity could be a great finale to your Aboriginal White Ribbon Campaign - and it might get your organization or community in the news. 

10) Posters
Create posters on the significance of a Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Campaign, gender stereotypes that challenge traditional men’s and women’s roles or other issues related to violence against Aboriginal women. This activity could be a community wide contest, a committee effort, or an art project.

11) Mural
This could be created by a small group of youth or an entire community. The mural could be hung in your organization’s front foyer or another high-traffic area. 

12) Play or Skit or Rap
Put together a play, skit or rap that addresses the issue of violence against Aboriginal women. This could be done by a group of interested youth. The play, skit, or rap could be performed during lunchtime (open invitation), as part of a December 6 memorial or at the end of a workshop or speaker presentation. It’s a good idea to have a discussion or a question-and-answer period following the performance. 

13) Film Fest
Host a film fest of videos on issues relating to dating violence, charging a nominal door fee or do it for free. Presentations should be followed by a discussion hosted by a facilitator.

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