Pomeroy Sport Centre to be lit up Purple
February 12, 2021
On the same week as the annual Moose Hide Campaign, Fort St. John lost a member of our community to domestic violence. The City of Fort St. John will light up the Pomeroy Sport Centre purple on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 to bring awareness to domestic violence, encourage action to stop domestic violence, and honour the life of a mother gone much too soon.
The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children. Wearing this moose hide signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together to end violence against women and children.
“Domestic violence is never acceptable; too many generations of families carry the physical, emotional and spiritual pain from these incidents. This weekend, as we acknowledge the strength and awareness gained from the Moose Hide Campaign, we mourn the loss of a young mother,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman. “As a reminder of the need to continue the effort to eradicate this, the City of Fort St John Council has requested that the Pomeroy Sport Centre be lit purple.”
"Domestic violence is rising in our community. Nobody should feel alone. Please use the services and supports that we have in our community to reach out for help. Everyone in our community has a joint responsibility to ensure that violence in our community ends. Be a good neighbour and friend and call for help if you suspect there is domestic violence taking place with someone you know. We need men in our community to call out other men who are abusive and violent to their partners. Fort St. John is a community that is about taking care of our community. Together we can end violence," said Amanda Trotter, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Women's Resource Society.
For more information about the Moose Hide Campaign, visit moosehidecampaign.ca. Domestic violence resources can be accessed by visiting fsjwrs.ca, calling 2-1-1, or calling or texting VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808. As always, to report an immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
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