The 7th annual Moose Hide Provincial Gathering and Day of Fasting will take place in the First Nations Centre at the University of Northern BC in Prince George Wednesday.

Tony Goulet, Executive director of the Native Friendship Centre in Quesnel, says it started as a grassroots movement of men and boys who are standing up against violence against women and children.

“They’ve created a moose hide which you can wear, an actual moose hide, and it’s sort of a reconciliation too and recognizing what has happened to people to have this violence and their experience with residential schools.”

Goulet says it also acknowledges the tragic reality of the more than 12-hundred missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

Wearing a Moose Hide pin signifies your commitment to honour, respect, protecting the women and children in your like, and speaking out against gender-based and domestic violence.

It starts Thursday with a welcome to the traditional territory.

– With files from George Henderson, My Cariboo Now