This site was created by Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin to encourage Aboriginal men and boys to end violence against women. Through this site Aboriginal men and boys are speaking out against violence towards Aboriginal women.
This site is a safe place to learn traditional roles and responsibilities within families and communities which may have been lost or never received. Reconnect with your traditional roles within families and communities.
This initiative was modelled after the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC)
which supports men’s actions in ending violence around the world. In almost 50 countries, the White Ribbon Campaign supports men and boys as they examine their attitudes and actions. They are asking important questions about creating healthier and happier relationships and are proudly joining with women and girls to end the many forms of violence against women. They are declaring “our future has no violence against women”.
Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin is an Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
initiative. The OFIFC has been actively promoting health and healing among urban Aboriginal people since 1973. They are committed to fighting the alarming conditions of poor health and family violence that Aboriginal People in Ontario endure. In 1991, a handful of Canadian men started the White Ribbon Campaign. In many countries, the focus of the campaign is around November 25, proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women and, in many countries, referred to simply as “White Ribbon Day”. In some countries, White Ribbon Days continues for one or two weeks. In Canada, it runs from November 25 to December 6, the anniversary of the 1989 murder of 14 women in Montreal by a man who resented women’s achievements and independence. In other countries, the focus is other times of the year. Whenever it is, these focus days are a time for public awareness efforts in schools, workplaces, places of worship, the media and communities.