Government of Canada supports economic opportunities for women in First Nations communities in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced support to increase economic options for women in First Nations communities of Northern Ontario.

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation is receiving funding to advance the economic security and prosperity of First Nations women and girls. The project will develop community-driven and culturally relevant strategies to address barriers to economic opportunities for women in the community.

This project was selected through the Government of Canada's call for proposals entitled Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women.

Quick Facts

  • Status of Women Canada is providing $200,000 to Nishnawbe Aski Nation for this 24 month project.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has delivered more than $54 million through the Women's Program at Status of Women Canada for projects that promote women's economic security and prosperity.
  • Through Status of Women Canada, federal funding of community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting more than 720 projects across Canada.


 "Our Government remains focused on its commitment to increase economic opportunities for women across Canada. We are proud to be supporting the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to create new economic options for women here in Northern Ontario. Through collaborative efforts, we are helping women in these communities achieve their own economic success, while also helping Canada prosper."

The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

"We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the Government of Canada to help women in First Nations communities access new economic options. We will work collaboratively with women and other stakeholders at the community level to help more women achieve this important goal."

Alvin Fiddler
Deputy Grand Chief
Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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SOURCE: Status of Women Canada

For further information: For media inquiries only: Andrew McGrath, Press Secretary, Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Tel: 819-953-5646; For all other inquiries: Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Public Affairs, Status of Women Canada, Tel: 819-420-6810

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