NEMASKA, QC, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister
of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister
of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government
of Canada support for a project to prevent and reduce violence against
First Nations women and girls. The project will take place in
neighbourhoods in the communities of Mistissini, Chisasibi, and
Whapmagoostui, which are located in the James Bay area of Northern
"Our Government is committed to creating safe streets and safe homes in
every sector of our society," said Minister Lebel. "By engaging women
and girls, along with men and boys, in making their communities safer,
this project will strengthen and empower the Cree Nation of Mistissini,
the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, and Whapmagoostui, each of which has
faced serious issues concerning violence against women."
"Our Government is committed to protecting women and girls from
violence, and holding offenders accountable for their actions," said
Minister Leitch. "That is why we are supporting community-based
projects across Canada that address gender-based violence." The Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association is receiving $195,000 from the Government of Canada for a project to
engage Aboriginal women, girls, men and boys, as well as members of key
partner agencies such as the Cree Men of Eeyou Istchee, in preventing
and reducing gender-based violence in the James Bay area of Northern
Quebec. Participants will undertake gender-based and gap analyses
through public forums, on-line surveys, and hosting school-based focus
"Violence against women and girls is a complex issue in any community,"
said Ms. Virginia Wabano, President, Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee
Association. "We are very pleased to have support for this project,
which engages a range of community members and key stakeholders across
three First Nations in tackling the issues and finding solutions."
The Harper Government is supporting this project through Status of Women
Canada's call for proposals, Working Together: Engaging Communities to
End Violence Against Women and Girls. Through Status of Women Canada,
federal support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since
2006-2007, supporting more than 600 projects across Canada. Since that
time, over $62 million dollars in funding has been approved for
projects to end violence against women and girls.
From November 25, 2013 until December 10, 2013, the Government of Canada
is marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This includes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women on November 25, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, and International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2013.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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