Government Of Canada supports project to lift urban Aboriginal women out of poverty



    EDMONTON, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Josée
Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen's Privy Council for
Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Western Economic
Diversification and Member of Parliament for Edmonton - Spruce Grove, today
announced a grant to the Aboriginal Women's Professional Association for a
project entitled Wicihitowin - A Unique Approach to Aboriginal Women Mentoring
Each Other.
    Aboriginal women in Canada experience a high rate of poverty. The reasons
are many and varied, but they include lack of job-specific training and lack
of awareness of opportunities. This project will receive an investment of
$65,000 from the Government of Canada. Special emphasis will be placed on
indigenous cultural practices, including the wisdom and knowledge of Elders.
    "Our government believes that all Aboriginal women deserve the chance to
live up to their full potential," Minister Ambrose said. "This 18-month
project will help 100 urban Aboriginal women improve their lives through
support and mentoring activities."
    "We are delighted that the government shares our concern and has provided
this support. It will make a real difference in the lives of many Aboriginal
women," said Ms. Claire Clark of the Aboriginal Women's Professional
Association.
    Minister Verner announced on October 11 that 60 projects will receive
funding totalling $8 million through the Women's Program of Status of Women
Canada. The projects will have an impact on 260,000 women and girls across
Canada. The Minister stated, "The Government of Canada is pleased to support
projects aimed at ensuring the full participation of women in every aspect of
Canadian society."

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural life of
Canada.
    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/.

    Ce texte est également disponible en français.




For further information:

For further information: Richard Walker, Press Attaché, Office of the
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, (819)
997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women Canada,
(613) 995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women Canada
website: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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