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Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week 2022

March 13 to 19, 2022 Tracia’s Trust Online Awareness Event

Tracia’s Trust is Manitoba’s strategy to prevent sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The mission of Tracia’s Trust is to prevent and intervene in the sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children, youth and adults in Manitoba.

Manitoba’s “Stop Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week” was declared in 2008 and is recognized annually since 2009 to promote awareness about the sexual exploitation of children. Manitoba recognizes that human trafficking and sexual exploitation is a complex problem that requires a well-considered, collaborative approaches to combat human trafficking.

In recognition of Stop chid sexual exploitation awareness week The Clan mothers Healing Village in collaboration with Tracia’s Trust, is proud to share two first of it’s kind Indigenous led online safety tools. This toolkit is designed to provide online safety awareness for parents and caregivers of children who, due to the prevalence of Covid-19 are experiencing an increase in internet use.

The four part Land Based Healing video series curriculum has been developed for land-based teachings and ceremonies and work with Winnipeg’s at risk youth and their suppors. It is anticipated that once pubic health restriction lift that in person Elder to youth visits to traditional ways and healing will begin again. The project began in spring 2020 and offers the land-based teachings curriculum with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to healing. Through strong Indigenous leadership we focus on cultural and community connections to improve the lives of youth for generations to come. This online tool kit will be available to view via our website on Monday March 14, 2022.

The Clan Mother’s Healing Village in collaboration with Tracia’s Trust is proud to showcase our online safety radio campaign. This awareness initiative is featured in several Manitoban Indigenous languages and will be distributed to communities throughout our province to assist families in addressing this issue. You can listen to the campaign and view our video for the first time here on Tuesday March 15, 2022 in honor of Stop child sexual exploitation awareness week. Throughout the week, the Department of Families in partnership with the Clan Mother’s Healing village will distribute The Journey of Piyesis’ videos and the radio segments to Tracia’s Trust stakeholders, Authority partners, and northern communities for their continued use.

The Tracia’s Trust Regional Teams will be hosting an art contest for children, youth and community members in recognition of Stop child sexual exploitation awareness week. Stay tuned to view the pieces as we highlight the submissions on the Tracia’s Trust website.

Introduction from Elder Mae Louise Campbell of Clan Mothers Healing Village

Monday, March 14th

Elder Mae Louise Campbell is premiering the four part Land Based Healing digital media tool “The Journey of Piyesis.” The videos can be viewed below and on the Clan Mother’s website.

Episode 1: Piyesis: Moontime Ceremony

Piyesis, a 12yr old Indigenous girl begins her transition into a woman. Ignored in the busy group home she experiences her first Moontime and unsure of the changes her body is going through. Unsure of who to turn to, an older roommate, Crystal,(indigenous) helps Piyesis through their first period as well sparks interested in Piyesis to discover who they are and their culture that they had been estranged from. Piyesis starts to dream visions of grandmother elders who bring teachings and help her when she feels lost. The first vision is the teaching of Moontime. From here, Piyesis wants to learn more of the ways of her people.

Episode 2 Piyesis: Letting Go Ceremony

Piyesis, thinks back on the impact of negative events in her young life and the struggles she needs to overcome. From watching her mom in a toxic relationship to living with her

Piyesis experiences the loss of her Grandmother at age 7yrs old. Forced to live in a group home in the city. With anger and sadness built up in her heart, she turns to nature and her ancestors to guide her to a safe place. Piyesis finds herself comforted by the land and a teaching is brought to her about the letting go ceremony. (Which we see done in the beginning of episode 3)

Episode 3 Piyesis: Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Piyesis attends their first letting go ceremony (which ties into the previous episode). This being her first ceremony she is unsure of what to do and questions if they even belong here. Being taken away from her culture at a young age, Piyesis struggles to find her way back, but with the help of grandmothers/earth mother’s teachings, it makes it easier to grow and learn more.

Afterwards she sees a hut and questions what this is. A sweat lodge, in which she learns about the sweat lodge ceremony, and is the next step in her journey. Piyesis feels this connection and brings her great memories of her mother and the bond they shared. Piyesis then feels connected to her culture more when crawling into the sweat lodge (which we will show at the next episode)

Episode 4 Piyesis: Pipe Ceremony

Piyesis has attended more ceremonies, feels more comfortable, and discovered who they are. Through a sweat lodge to help her heal, which is also accompanied by a Pipe ceremony.

Through this ceremony Piyesis, is given her spirit name Piyesis, (meaning bird). We also see Piyesis on the land and discover much more she has to learn. - This takes place on sacred land, Bannock Point MB.

Tuesday, March 15

Elder Mae Louise Campbell has pre-recorded a short introductory video explaining the significance of the northern campaign as a prelude to the release of the Northern online safety campaign.

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