WINNIPEG, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of
Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, today announced
Government of Canada funding for a project that will help young
Aboriginal women and girls in Winnipeg participate fully in community
life. He made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women.
"Our Government recognizes the enormous potential of girls and young
women to succeed and to take on leadership roles in our communities,"
said Minister Toews. "I am proud that we are supporting this project to
help young Aboriginal women become leaders in the Wahbung Abinoonjiiag
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. is receiving $190,760 in Government of Canada funding for this 24-month project. It will help
Aboriginal girls and young women in the North end of Winnipeg enhance
their leadership skills. Girls and young women will participate in
activities to increase their leadership skills and enhance their
knowledge levels by shadowing local women leaders for a day.
Participants will be supported to use their newly acquired skills to
develop and implement strategies aimed at increasing their
representation in leadership roles.
"Our Government is committed to the advancement of women in leadership
roles across our country," said Minister Ambrose. "As part of this
project, young women and girls in Winnipeg will gain important
leadership skills to help them succeed in their communities."
"We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to create real
leadership opportunities for young women and girls in our community,"
said Tanyalee Viner, Executive Director of Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.
"By working together to remove barriers these young women face in
community life, we will help them to succeed and build prosperous
This project is being supported through Status of Women Canada's Call for Proposals entitled Setting the Stage for Girls and Young Women to Succeed. To date, the Government of Canada has approved more than $5.9 million in funding under this Call for Proposals, for projects that promote leadership and economic prosperity among
girls and young women.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls while strengthening families,
communities and the country. The government's support through Status of
Women Canada for community-based projects has nearly doubled since
2007, supporting over 600 projects.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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