Government of Canada supports project to address violence against aboriginal women and its effects on children



    SAULT STE MARIE, ON, May 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is
pleased to provide support to the Waabinong Head Start Family Resource Centre
to carry out a project designed to address both the issue of violence against
Aboriginal women and the negative effects on children of witnessing this
violence.
    The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today
announced that the Waabinong Head Start Family Resource Centre is receiving
$75,482 for its project, MINO'AANGOODIWI-NOOJIMOWIN TEMEGAK.
    "Our Government is taking action to end violence against Aboriginal women
and in so doing, to improve the quality of life in Aboriginal communities,"
said Minister Guergis. "I am proud today to announce funding to a promising
new project in Sault Ste Marie that goes to the heart of the issue."
    Participant families will be provided with cultural teachings on healthy
relationships, respect and traditional gender roles. Educators and community
members will participate in workshops on domestic violence, its effects and
the social and emotional costs of such violence on the community and on the
culture of Aboriginal peoples.
    Funding for the MINO'AANGOODIWI-NOOJIMOWIN TEMEGAK project comes from the
Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.
    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.
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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications, and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; For news releases and information on Status of
Women Canada, go to http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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