EDMONTON, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today announced Harper Government support for a new project that will
tackle violence against women and girls in an Aboriginal community in
Northern Alberta. The Minister was joined by the Honourable Laurie
Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre.
"The Harper Government is committed to ending violence against women and
girls in communities across Canada," said Minister Ambrose. "I am
pleased that we are supporting this new project to ensure the safety
and security of aboriginal girls in Northern Alberta."
The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities is receiving
$200,000 in funding for a 24-month project that will work to end
violence against First Nations girls aged 8 to 14 in the
Wabasca-Desmarais community of Northern Alberta. A community steering
committee with representatives from the Bigstone Cree Nation Women's
Shelter, Bigstone Community School, Bigstone Cree Nation Family and
Children Services and the RCMP will guide and oversee the project.
"We are working with community organizations across the country to end
violence against women and girls and its destructive impact on our
communities,"said Mr. Hawn. "This project establishes a community
steering committee and implements a strategy to address the particular
factors and conditions that lead to violence against local First
Nations women and girls."
"It is important to do all we can to ensure our community is welcoming,
caring and safe for everyone," said Ron Taylor, Board Chair for the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities. "We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this
project to engage community partners, bring about long-lasting
behavioural change, and decrease violence against women and girls."
The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening
families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada,
the government's support for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, supporting over 600 projects.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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