Story & Photos: Todd Eagle Child
The annual “Walk In Her Shoes” event took place today at the Multi-Purpose building and was hosted by the Kainai Women’s Wellness Lodge with participants from the Blood Tribe Police Service, Kainai Wellness Centre, Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation and Blood Tribe Emergency Services. The “Walk In Her Shoes” event is held every year to raise awareness regarding ending all forms of domestic violence. Participants who took part were in good spirits as they battled trying to walk upright in heels against the strong winds, the march was made from the Multi-Purpose Building to the BTA. Kainai Women’s Wellness Lodge Elder Florence Scout along with giving the prayer, spoke about her experience living with domestic violence and how it affects everyone involved, she urged people to speak up and help those trapped in abusive relationships, both women and men.
In a Family Violence Death Review Committee Annual Report, 73% of deaths were with a current partner, 61% used a weapon and were between the ages of 20 – 29 years. Six in 10 Indigenous women in Alberta experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes, according to Sagesse, a provincewide domestic abuse agency. If you know any woman who needs assistance call the Kainai Women’s Wellness Lodge at 403-653-3946, Blood Tribe Police Services 403-737-3800, and Victim Services 403-737-8814.
(L to R) Blood Tribe EMS Brayden Peters, EMS Kaedan Day Rider, BTPS Constable Dana Chief Body, EMS Branden Curly Rider and EMS Arlind Musliu, pose before the “Walk In Her Shoes” at the Multi-Purpose Building Stand Off, AB on November 24, 2022.
The “Walk In Her Shoes” participants walking in front of the Multi-Purpose Building, so far so good.
(L to R) KWWL Rhonda Weasel Moccasin, BTPS Shara Earle, KWWL Nicole Standing Alone with Arlind get a break from the wind at the BTA Building.
The Group with Terri Trembath from CBC News making their way back to the Multi-Purpose Building.