OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public
Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today
announced Government of Canada support to the Native Women's
Association of Canada to address the issue of violence against
Aboriginal women and girls in communities across Canada.
"Ending violence against Aboriginal women and girls must be a community
effort, and the Native Women's Association of Canada has a unique
program to train and educate community leaders to understand, prevent
and respond to all types of violence," said Minister Ambrose. "Our
government is proud to support their Evidence to Action II project, which we hope will protect and support Aboriginal women in
dozens of communities across the country."
The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) is receiving $1,890,844 over three years for Evidence to Action II [Du constat aux actes II]. Through this project, NWAC will help communities understand, prevent
and respond to violence against Aboriginal women and girls. This will
include training for police officers, educators, justice officials,
frontline healthcare workers, social service providers and community
leaders across Canada.
"This commitment shows that the Government of Canada and NWAC have a
shared dedication to ending violence against Aboriginal women and
girls. We appreciate their support for the Evidence to Action project,"
said Ms. Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, President of NWAC. "This project
will help raise awareness of violence against Aboriginal women and
girls and mobilize Canadian communities to address this critical
This project builds on Evidence to Action I, which received $500,000 through the Women's Program of Status of Women
Canada to develop tools and strategies to empower Aboriginal
communities as well as individual women and girls to break the cycle of
violence. Evidence to Action II will work to strengthen the ability of communities, governments,
educators (including the Canadian Police College, post-secondary
institutions as well as elementary and high schools) and service
providers to address the root causes of violence against Aboriginal
women and girls.
In addition to this important project, the Government of Canada is proud
to support a variety of initiatives in communities across Canada that
contribute to keeping women and girls safe. In the fall of 2010, the
government announced it will invest $10 million over two years to
improve community safety and ensure that the justice system and law
enforcement agencies can better respond to cases of missing and
murdered Aboriginal women. In addition, the government has taken action
to support Aboriginal women through measures such as the tabling of
matrimonial real property legislation to improve women's rights on
reserves in cases of marriage or common-law partnership breakdown.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting worthwhile projects
like Evidence to Action II because they yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while
strengthening our families, our communities and our country. Through
Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community-based
projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million
to $19 million - its highest level ever.
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SOURCE Status of Women Canada
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