KIZHAAY ANISHINAABE NIIN

Is Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway language) for “I am a kind man”, this phrase guides us in how to engage men to take action to end violence against Indigenous women.

7 GRANDFATHER TEACHINGS

Joe Morrison - Elder

WISDOM

Joe Morrison – Elder

To Cherish Knowledge Is To Know Wisdom

three women

TRUTH

Ontario Friendship Centre Youth

Truth is to know all of the Seven Grandfather Teachings and to live by them

mother and child

LOVE

Amanda and Charles Slipperjack – Barrie community members

To Know Love Is To Know Peace

father and son

RESPECT

Father and Son – Vince and Devan Kicknosway – Odawa Friendship Centre Community Members

To Honour All of Creation Is To Have Respect

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BRAVERY

Dakota Heon – Indigenous Community Youth Leader North Bay

Bravery Is To Face the Foe with Integrity

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HONESTY

Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre Kizhaay Training Group

Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave

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HUMILITY

Florence and Ernie Benedict – Community Elders

Humility is to Know Yourself as a Sacred Part of Creation

ABOUT US

SOME SERIOUS FACTS TO CONSIDER

ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST INDIGENOUS WOMEN

4.8%-4.9%

The 2016 Census data demonstrates that of the Canadian population, Indigenous men account for 4.8% and Indigenous women account for 4.9% across all age categories.

27%

In 2018, 27% of female homicide victims in Canada were Indigenous women.

60%

Indigenous women are more than three times as likely than non-Indigenous women (10% vs. 3%) to experience spousal violence – 60% of those Indigenous women who experienced spousal violence reported experiencing what is referred to as the most severe forms (having been sexually assaulted, beaten, choked or threatened with a gun or knife) versus 32% of non-Indigenous women.

28%

In 2017/18, Indigenous men made up 28% of male admissions to custody in Canada.

2007 – 2017

From 2007/08 to 2017/18, the rate of Indigenous men in Provincial/Territorial custody and Federal custody both rose by 28%; whereas the rate of non-Indigenous men in Provincial/Territorial custody decreased by 17% and in Federal custody decreased by 25%.

CHALLENGING VALUES

ATTITUDES, BELIEFS AND BEHAVIOURS

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When a man chooses to use violence towards a woman he is dispiriting her. He is changing the very spirit she entered the world as.

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Elder Advisor to I am a Kind Man

joseph morrison

Kind men respect and honour women. Kind men respect and honour men. Kind men respect all that is sacred.

Joseph Morrison

Elder

dakota heon

As a young Indigenous man in Ontario I speak out against violence towards women in Indigenous communities. My vision is to create healthy communities where women and children are safe and respected.

Dakota Heon

Indigenous Community Youth Leader

HEALING MEN

The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin – I am a Kind Man campaign does not privilege one man’s identity over another. The campaign is for all Indigenous men regardless of their skin colour, status, place of birth, where they were raised, or their nation.

20 YEARS OF INDIGENOUS HEALING AND WELLNESS IN ONTARIO

Since its inception in 1994 and over the course of 20 years of service delivery, the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) has contributed to significant change in negative health outcomes and levels of family violence experienced within Indigenous families and communities in Ontario. The strategy finds its origins as a shared commitment between the Government of Ontario and First Nation, Metis and Indigenous partners working alongside of Indigenous communities in ending family violence, violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and children, and improving the general health and wellness of Indigenous people in Ontario. The Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy esteems Indigenous cultural approaches to program and service delivery and continues its ongoing commitment to end violence and improve overall health outcomes within Indigenous families and communities into the current day. The AHWS 20th Anniversary video commemorates the collective history, growth and accomplishments of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy in Ontario.

TAKING ACTION

The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin –  I am a Kind Man campaign is a step towards returning to our traditional teachings, respect for each other, and a chance for us to envision a world free of violence.

CONTACT US

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

219 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
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* Please be advised that Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin is a program and training process of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. The OFIFC provides all training and recognition. All trainers and training sessions must have prior approval by the OFIFC, and the intellectual property of the OFIFC must be acknowledged.

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