Kw’umut Lelum was thankful for a recent invitation to participate in Haven Society’s Be More Than a Bystander event in Nanaimo, presented by former BC Lion JR LaRose.
The program offers an opportunity for youth to engage as allies in preventing violence against women and girls. You can read more about Be More Than a Bystander here.
The message really hit home with the KL family, and spoke to the lived experiences of our kids in care. While survivors of violence were encouraged to share their stories, all participants were inspired to draw strength and power from their experience and were issued a call to action to stand up against bullying and violence wherever and whenever they see it.
In a spontaneous show of empowerment through community and unity, the KL youth felt called to sing the Women’s Warrior Song to the assembled group. The Warrior Song is sung to honour missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. This emotional and healing performance was a touching way to validate their shared experience, and truly underscored the message of standing together to eradicate violence against women.
KL provides youth with ongoing opportunities to take pride in their culture and traditions, and to share their voice through participation in programs like Tribal Journeys and weekly drum circles. New voices are always welcome; check our calendar for upcoming events!
Haven Society staff at the "Be More Than a Bystander" event
Tracy Meyers, Haven Society's coordinator programs for children and youth, JR LaRose, former BC Lions football player and motivational speaker, and Anne Taylor, Haven Society executive director, make final preparations before the doors open at "Be More Than a Bystander"
A powerful and moving call to action, issued by Nanaimo resident and Stz’uminus First Nation member Patrick Aleck, brought the evening's presentations to a close
A young fan examines JR LaRose's Grey Cup ring as lucky winners pick up their BC Lions swag