Canada's New Government Supports Anishinaabe Kweg Research Project

    SUDBURY, ON, March 8 /CNW/ - On the occasion of International Women's
Day, and on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health
and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern
Ontario, today announced funding of $19,140 for the Anishinaabe Kweg Research
Project. The goal of the project is to study traditional Aboriginal healing
methods in the treatment of issues such as family violence, mental health,
substance abuse and grief.
    "By providing this investment, Canada's New Government is supporting the
Anishinaabe Kweg Research Group to undertake research that can lead to
improving the lives of many women," said Minister Oda. "I am proud to invest
in an organization that is focusing its work on addressing such important
women's issues as family violence, mental health and abuse."
    "Supporting this initiative is an important step in supporting the
Aboriginal community to undertake its own research that will ultimately
enhance the health and well-being of northern Aboriginal communities," said
Minister Clement.
    "This research is an important step in establishing the credibility of
traditional healing methods, the credibility of traditional healers and the
credibility of Aboriginal researchers to conduct ethical research within their
communities," said Susan Manitowabi, Coordinator, Native Human Services,
Honours Bachelor of Social Work Programme at Laurentian University.
    The Anishinaabe Kweg Research Group is a growing network of Aboriginal
female researchers in northern Ontario who provide research and evaluation
pertaining to Aboriginal women in this area of the province.
    Canada's New Government is providing this support through the Aboriginal
Women's Community Initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This
program enables Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation,
and decision-making that affect their 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 under Media Room.)

For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, (819) 997-7788; Erik
Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Health and Minister for
the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, (613)
957-0200; Jaime Burke, A/Manager, Communications, Canadian Heritage, Ontario
Region, (416) 973-2050

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