Government of Canada supports YWCA Canada to benefit women in the North



    IQALUIT, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of The Honourable Josée Verner,
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
Ms. Sylvie Boucher, M.P. (Beauport-Limoilou), Parliamentary Secretary to the
Prime Minister and for Status of Women, today announced $1.5 million in
funding to YWCA Canada for its Northern Extension Initiative, benefiting women
and children in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
    This project was approved under the Women's Partnership Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. This Fund supports eligible
organizations in carrying out partnership projects at the local, regional and
national level. To qualify, the projects must work toward the full
participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
    "Canada is proud to provide assistance to women in the North," Minister
Verner said. "These projects mobilize the power of women to improve the
well-being of their families and their communities."
    "This initiative will serve the needs of Aboriginal and Northern women by
putting in place programs and services through the YWCA supported by the
Women's Partnership Fund," said Ms. Boucher. "It touches on key aspects of
women's lives in the North, to ensure they have the support and skills,
confidence and security, opportunities and good health they need to fulfill
their dreams and achieve their potential."
    Working with its partners, YWCA Canada will create three self-sustaining
program/service delivery operations to respond to the specific needs of
Aboriginal and Northern women. At the end of the project, culturally adapted
health services, empowerment sessions, entrepreneurial job training, child
care and violence prevention programs will be established.
    "I am pleased that Status of Women Canada is working collaboratively with
YWCA Canada to address issues of importance to women in Nunavut. The project
will respond to various recommendations arising from the
Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women
meeting held in Iqaluit last July, and from the 2007 National Aboriginal
Women's Summit. As Minister Responsible for the Status of Women in Nunavut I
will continue to work to advocate solutions for issues and challenges faced by
women in Nunavut." stated the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq.
    "This initiative is exciting! We look forward to working with YWCA Canada
to address the needs of women in core need throughout Nunavut," said
Government of Nunavut's minister responsible for the issue of homelessness,
the Honourable Ed Picco.
    "We are very committed to the success of the Northern Extension
Initiative," said Paulette Senior, YWCA Canada's Chief Executive Officer.
"Northern communities are very isolated and generally have no road links -
factors that can render women in particular vulnerable to violence and
economic insecurity. This initiative will touch the lives of more than 3,000
women per year across three territories, empowering them to build skills and
vastly improve their lives."

    This funding is being announced, in part, to celebrate the upcoming
International Women's Week, March 2 to 8, with its highlight, March 8,
International Women's Day. This year's theme, Strong Women, Strong World,
refers not only to the empowerment of women but also to the importance of
women as caregivers, educators, policymakers, activists, leaders,
international peacemakers and stewards of the world's environment.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic 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: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, 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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