FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2024

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Métis Nation of Ontario, Ska:na, and Hiatus House Host Successful Moose Hide Campaign Event

WINDSOR, ON – Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, along with community partners Métis Nation of Ontario, Ska:na Family Learning Centre, and Hiatus House, proudly hosted their inaugural Moose Hide Campaign event on May 16, 2024, promoting healing, awareness, and solidarity in the fight against violence towards women and children. 


The Moose Hide Campaign, an Indigenous-led national grassroots movement, aims to end violence against women and children by engaging men and boys in the meaningful dialogue. The event hosted at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare saw a diverse array of local community organizations coming together in support of the campaign, including:


  • Canadian Border Services Agency
  • Canadian Addiction Treatment Centres (CATC)
  • University of Windsor: Turtle Island - Aboriginal Education Centre
  • The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County
  • Windsor Regional Hospital: Indigenous Patient Navigator & Indigenous Projects Coordinator
  • St. Clair College Indigenous Student Services
  • Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare: Safe Workplace Advocate
  • Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare: Addiction Assessment and Referral
  • Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Hiatus House
  • Ska:na Family Learning Centre - Windsor


The event, held on the hospital’s Tayfour campus, garnered participation from community members, local organizations, and hospital staff. Attendees were able to participate in a smudging ceremony, an information session with local organizations, keynote speakers, a walk around campus to raise awareness for the campaign, music by local artists like Gordon Nicotine-Sands, and an Indigenous-inspired lunch prepared by Mark Peltier from Native Wonders Gourmet Grub.


“At the end of the day, it’s not about HDGH. It’s about bringing the community together to support such an important cause,” said Nick Metivier, HDGH’s Indigenous Peer Support Coordinator.  


When asked what today's Moose Hide Campaign event signified, Theresa Sims from Ska:na Family Learning Centre said: "It's about raising awareness and being kind to each other. We need more role models. All people... we need that kindness."


“We are grateful for the overwhelming response and the support from our partners Ska:na, Hiatus House, and Métis Nation of Ontario,” said Martin Thompson, HDGH’s EDI Manager. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to create safer and more inclusive spaces.”


For photos from today's event, please visit the following link: Moose Hide Campaign at HDGH

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Nicole Crozier, Director of Communications and Mission

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

(226)-345-9710

nicole.crozier@hdgh.org

About Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare


At Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, we are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Windsor-Essex community through the delivery of person-centred, value-based care. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is a specialty hospital offering services in Mental Health & Addictions; Rehabilitative Care; Complex Medical and Palliative Care; and Children and Youth Mental Health. We offer a unique blend of services including but not limited to community and home-based services. In collaboration with our healthcare and inter-sectorial partners, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is providing care in new ways and in new locations throughout the region to address barriers, improve access and patient outcomes and improve the overall patient experience.

 

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