On Friday, May 6th, I will be the guest speaker at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre for their Mother's Day Event. The Spirit of the event is Kanawayhitowin ( Keeping our Mothers Safe ) and is a program and luncheon to promote awareness and prevention of domestic violence and abuse towards women.
I will be showing a PowerPoint presentation of the domestic violence story line from my Between Friends cartoon strip and sharing my reasons for writing about this subject matter in my comic. I will also discuss my research for the storyline and how aspects of interviews and reader input influenced the direction and the content of the strips.
Pre-Registration Required by:
Phone 905-871-8931 X225
Kanawayhitowin is a Cree word, which in English translates to "taking care of each others spirit". When we are born our spirits are pure and whole. As we journey through our time on earth, our spirit may encounter abuse and neglect. Everyone has the right to have their spirit protected and the responsibility to take care of the sacredness of life.
Kanawayhitowin is an Aboriginal campaign to raise awareness about the signs of woman abuse in our communities, so that people who are close to an at-risk woman or abusive man can provide support. This campaign has been adapted from the Neighbours, Friends and Family initiative in the province of Ontario to reflect a traditional and cultural approach to community healing and wellness.