Three Mi’kmaq women – fuelled by their spirit, determination and commitment to make a difference – are cycling to help end the cycle of family violence in Aboriginal communities.
Donna Metallic, Sheila Swasson and Chi Metallic, from Listiguj in Quebec, are cycling to raise awareness and get a dialogue on the issue of violence against Aboriginal women and family violence.
They call their cross-Canada tour Aboriginal Women on the Move. It begins in Vancouver, BC and ends in St.John’s, Nfld. They will raise awareness, initiate dialogue, share best practices with the goal to one day break the cycle of violence in our communities.
As Sheila Swasson explained: “I’ve worked in the area of family violence for 13 years, and I have seen and heard a great deal of pain. I also realized that, unfortunately, not a lot has changed in all that time and I have to ask myself, ‘why?’”.
She said she hopes the tour will get people talking about this issue and the devastating effects that family violence has on Aboriginal communities.