Canada's New Government Supports the Kingston Aboriginal Women's Coalition

    KINGSTON, 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, Gord Brown, Member of Parliament
(Leeds-Grenville), today announced funding of $64,680 for the Kingston
Aboriginal Women's Coalition. These funds will support the organization's
project called Leading the Way: Building the Capacity of Aboriginal Women in
    "This year's theme for International Women's Day is 'Ending Violence
Against Women: Action for Real Results.' I am proud to support an organization
that fights violence against women, while supporting and enhancing the
leadership of Aboriginal women in society," said Minister Oda. "This support
is another example of the commitment of Canada's New Government to prevent and
eliminate violence and improve the quality of life of Aboriginal women."
    "It is fitting that on International Women's Day, I have the opportunity
to congratulate the Kingston Aboriginal Women's Coalition on its remarkable
work on behalf of Aboriginal women in the region," said Mr. Brown. "This
eight-month initiative will help increase knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and
will build leadership skills among Aboriginal women in Kingston."
    "Kingston Interval House is pleased to present the Aboriginal Women's
Leadership program funded by Canadian Heritage," said Lisa Doxtator,
Aboriginal Community Counsellor. "The Aboriginal Women's Leadership program
will empower Aboriginal women to take control of their awareness of Aboriginal
    The Kingston Aboriginal Women's Coalition provides services to Aboriginal
women who have experienced violence in their lives by providing a safe place
to share their experiences and increase their awareness of Aboriginal Culture.
The Leading the Way project will educate Aboriginal women and girls about the
causes of violence against women and girls and promote a positive perception
of Aboriginal culture in Kingston and the surrounding area.
    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; Mark
King, Legislative Assistant, Office of the Member of Parliament for
Leeds-Grenville, (613) 992-8756; Jaime Burke, A/Manager, Communications,
Canadian Heritage, Ontario Region, (416) 973-2050

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