The Flin Flon and Area Against Sexual Exploitation Committee held their annual Grandmothers Walk from Neighbors of the North Park down Main Street to Pioneer Square. The Committee’s Keely Patterson says they hold this walk each year on the fall equinox in support of the Grandmother’s Protecting Our Children….
“The Grandmothers Protecting Children group was initiated by a Grandmother who became outraged after hearing stories about abuse by adults on children often in the form of sexual exploitation. She called upon Aboriginal women, leaders and Grandmothers to stand together and let it be known that the children’s voices need to be heard, that they are not alone and that they are loved. These women made a decision to reclaim their roles as protectors of our children. When living in more remote regions of the province it is often assumed that something like sexual exploitation isn’t happening. The truth however is that it is happening and a very common occurrence.”
An opening smudge was held at the park followed by remarks and a drum and song ceremony at Pioneer Square.