I AM A KIND MAN
Néya Napew Na Muton (a Cree phrase) that translates to “I Am a Kind Man”, is a program that was created to provide an opportunity for communities to engage men and youth in raising awareness, broaden understanding of violence against women, and supporting men to come together and to end violence. At a time when violence is invading whole communities, “I Am a Kind Man” reminds us that violence has never been part of Indigenous culture.
The program provides a supportive, holistic model for community healing. Néya Napew Na Muton recognizes the challenges Indigenous men face as a result of colonization and historical trauma and encourages them to reconnect with their traditional roles within families and communities.
Néya Napew Na Muton embraces the Seven Sacred Teachings that show us how to live in harmony with creation through wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, and truth. It is designed to offer men a safe place to begin to understand their roles and responsibilities toward ending violence.
The overall purpose of the Néya Napew Na Muton program is to engage men and youth of our communities to speak out against all forms of abuse towards Indigenous women.
- To reclaim and revitalize men’s responsibility to end violence against Indigenous women;
- To ensure access to indigenous cultural values and increase understanding of traditional roles and responsibilities based on local Indigenous knowledge;
- To increase resilience by empowering men to acknowledge and resolve trauma;
- To improve men’s well-being and foster community wellness.