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Indigenous Be More Than a Bystander
June 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
About The Session:
Each year, 800,000 Canadian children witness violence against a woman in their life. More than 50% of women experience sexual or domestic violence in Canada. In British Columbia, close to 1000 incidents of sexual or domestic violence are committed each week.
The Be More Than a Bystander program emphasizes the crucial role of bystanders –specifically male bystanders – in breaking the silence on gender-based violence. Developed through a partnership between the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) and the BC Lions football team, Be More Than a Bystander is a groundbreaking initiative that utilizes male athletes’ profile and platform as role models to substantially increase awareness and understanding about the impact of men’s violence against women. The program provides tools, language and practical ideas about how to be more than a bystander, how to speak up and how to communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable.
The Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) is a provincial non-profit organization that has existed in BC for over 27 years and serves as a resource for over 300 community-based services and initiatives supporting survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, child abuse and criminal harassment.
About The Speaker:
JR LaRose is a 2011 Grey Cup champion. A proud member of One Arrow First Nation, he is an ambassador for Aboriginal peoples.
Starting football at the age of 15 gave JR an opportunity to develop skills and build confidence. It would also be the beginning of a long and passion filled career as a football player. In 2011, JR was the starting safety for the BC Lions. In 2014 JR completed his ninth season in the CFL and fifth with the BC Lions.
Recognized by his team as a community leader, JR has been awarded the team’s Jamie Taras award of Community Service for four straight years. He has also been nominated for the Canadian Football League’s Tom Pate award four times, which honours the player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, contribution to his team, contribution to his community, and contribution to his association.
JR is an accomplished speaker, having facilitated over 400 presentations throughout Canada and the United States since 2008. He has been spokesperson for the Be More Than A Bystander campaign since its inception in 2011, speaking to secondary schools throughout BC and starring in Bystander PSAs, radio spots and videos. Since retiring from the BC Lions, JR continues to travel throughout BC to present Be More Than A Bystander at high schools, post secondary institutions, community events and more, increasing awareness on the issue of violence against women and the importance of bystander intervention.
About The LONGHOUSE DIALOGUES:
The Longhouse Dialogues is a Women Deliver Mobilization-satellite event from May 31-June 5, 2019 that BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and partners are hosting. It consists of six days of exciting events and dialogues that will explore issues pertinent to women and girls in BC and Canada, the Longhouse Dialogues complement the Women Deliver conference while being free to the public.
Please visit our new website for more information: www.longhousedialogues.com