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.
- Focuses on ending the isolation abused women feel.
- Emphasizes the empowerment of Aboriginal men to take responsibility and make change.
- Incorporates a variety of educational and awareness raising activities and materials (brochures, PSA’s, training video, CD ROM.)
- Includes guidelines on how to implement in your community.
- Provides information about warning signs and safety planning.
Everyone in the community has a role to play in helping to prevent woman abuse. Thank you for joining the circle in working with Aboriginal communities across Ontario to end all forms of abuse.