Blood Tribe hosts ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness of domestic violence

Blood Tribe hosts ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness of domestic violence

 

Blaire Russell, Communications Officer

Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement

 

The annual ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event hosted by Kainai Women’s Wellness Lodge (KWWL) was held at the Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on November 24, 2023. Additional partners of the event include Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation (KCSC), Blood Tribe Police Service, Blood Tribe Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Blood Tribe Recreation & Parks, and the Kainai Wellness Program.

Male participants donned a pair of high heels and strutted from the Multi-Purpose Building to the Blood Tribe Administration Building. Satinder Pal Singh – paramedic and firefighter, Blood Tribe EMS stated, “the main motive for this [event] is to shed light on domestic violence”.

“We see [domestic violence], we have sympathy and compassion for everyone that has to go through it”, Travis Coleman – Fire Chief, Blood Tribe EMS stated and stressed the main concern for the EMS staff is the children and trauma they must endure. Coleman further states, “from Blood Tribe EMS, we’re here to help in any way we can”.

Constable Charity Poole – Blood Tribe Police Service, shared that domestic violence in the community – whether it be female/male, female/female, or male/male – often goes unreported by the victims and it is the neighbors that usually call the police to report. Constable Poole stresses to victims of domestic violence that “there are ways to get out”.

The Kainai Women’s Wellness Lodge main purpose is to provide an around-the-clock and year-round safe and secure environment, crisis intervention and support to women and children. The KWWL also offers a 24 hour crisis line, emergency accommodations, counselling, education, support programming, and much more.

Families experiencing domestic violence can access the Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation Emergency Shelter in Cardston, AB, or the Emergency Crisis Intake Line. KCSC also provides youth and family programs and services for prevention and support. These programs and services can be accessed by phoning the KCSC office and speaking with an intake worker.

If you or a family member is experiencing family violence and need help, please call these numbers for services and information:

Blood Tribe Police Service – (403)737-3800 or 911 if an emergency

Kainai Women’s Wellness Lodge – (403)653-3946 or Toll Free Crisis Line 1-888-654-1909

Kainaiwa Children’s Services Corporation – (403)737-2900

Kainai Wellness Program – (403)737-3883

Alberta Family Violence Info Line – Call or Text 310-1818

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868

Participants of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Kogen Wells, participant of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Jonathan Red Crow, participant of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Verona Tailfeathers, participant of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Participants marching at the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Youth participants of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Participants of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Satinder Pal Singh of Blood Tribe EMS, participant of the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Constable Poole (at podium) and Constable Arcand-Giant, speaking on behalf of Blood Tribe Police Service at the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Travis Coleman – Fire Chief, Blood Tribe EMS speaking at the ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ event to raise awareness for domestic violence held on November 24, 2023, in Standoff, AB. 

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