Harper Government Invests in Native Women's Transition Centre

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.)

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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Sébastien Gariépy
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Canadian Heritage and
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        Francine D. Lefebvre
Regional Communications
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
Tel.: 204-983-4367
Cell: 204-899-8611
        Media Relations
Canadian Heritage



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