WINNIPEG, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Front-line workers at Aboriginal women's
agencies in Manitoba
will be able to respond more effectively to women suffering from
violence and trauma, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.
This was announced today by Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament
(Winnipeg South Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support the Expanding the Capacity to Serve project of the
Native Women's Transition Centre (NWTC). NWTC staff will offer a series
of domestic violence learning sessions to front-line workers. Peer
mentoring support will also be provided to help them deal with the
impact of listening to the traumatic experiences of their clients. In
addition, Aboriginal women clients who have been subjected to domestic
violence will be offered traditional sharing circles to strengthen
their cultural identity.
"Our Government is committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal women
in Canada, and we are proud to support organizations that help them
move toward a better future for themselves, their families, and their
communities," said Minister Moore. "Projects such as this one, which
provide organizations with the tools required to address the issue of
family and related violence in a culturally relevant way, play a key
role in ensuring that this happens."
"As a result of our investment, the Native Women's Transition Centre and
front-line helpers from similar service agencies will increase their
capacity to better respond to the multiple needs of victimized
Aboriginal women," said Ms. Bateman. "Effective cultural healing
practices empower abused Aboriginal women to break the cycle of
violence and to reconnect with their culture and heritage."
"The Native Women's Transition Centre is thrilled to receive this
funding from the Government of Canada," said Lucille Bruce, Executive
Director of NWTC. "Aboriginal women in Winnipeg who are seeking help
from domestic violence and who want to heal from the effects of family
violence through cultural teachings will benefit greatly from increased
capacities of front-line workers."
The NWTC is a not-for-profit Aboriginal women's organization based in
Winnipeg. It works to support and strengthen Aboriginal women and
mothers on their journey of healing and recovery from family violence.
Since opening its doors in 1979, NWTC has offered a safe place for
thousands of women and children.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $45,245 through the Aboriginal Women's Programming Elements of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This initiative enables
Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation, and
decision making that affect the social, cultural, economic, and
political well-being in their communities and in Canadian society. It
includes a component to address issues around family violence and a
self-government initiative to support the full participation of
Aboriginal women in consultations and decision-making processes.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
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