Mr. Silver: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise on behalf of the Liberal caucus to also pay tribute to the White Ribbon campaign and the beginning of the 12 Days to End Violence Against Women Campaign.
This campaign is run locally by Victoria Faulkner’s Women’s Centre and Les EssentiElles and also in Dawson by the women’s shelter. This year, there are 17 organizations, Mr. Speaker, participating in 14 events over 12 days. The kickoff was at noon hour at Yukon College and it was very well-attended.
Mr. Speaker, in Yukon, rates of violence against women are three to four times higher than the national average and there are 39 known cases of murdered or missing aboriginal women. Community organizations have come together every year at this time to create awareness for the campaign. The goals of the campaign are obviously to educate Yukoners about the rates of violence in the Yukon and to engage them in creating change in their community and to give them the tools to do so. There are many different scheduled events until December 6, as I mentioned, and I want to encourage all Yukoners, Mr. Speaker, to attend and to participate. For more information, they can go to a couple of different websites: endviolenceyukon.com — and I would also encourage all men to go to whiteribbon.ca and read the 16 ways men and boys can make a difference. It offers the reader a chance to draw down on this year’s theme of prevention. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.
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