26 Mar, 2018, 12:55 ET
QUÉBEC CITY, March 26, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The First Nations Forum on Sexual Assault is beginning tomorrow at the Plaza Hotel in Québec City, and will be gathering more than 128 delegates from First Nations across the province of Québec. Organized in partnership by Québec Native Women (QNW) and the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC), the objective of this forum is to define an action plan to fight the cycle of sexual violence within First Nations by supporting both victims and aggressors in their healing journey.
"QNW has been working for many years to fight sexual assault and for services to be established to help our families and our communities. This week, we are consolidating our actions, and taking another step forward in collaboration with our partners. We're aiming for each First Nations community to commit to preventing sexual assault and to implement concrete actions to break the cycle of sexual violence," declared Viviane Michel, President of QNW.
"In a spirit of respect for our cultures, our action plan focuses on four main objectives: better access to services, improved collaboration between all local and regional partners, mobilization of all the First Nations people to break the cycle of sexual violence, and a consolidation of tools and mechanisms needed to break this cycle in a safe and sustainable way," added Marjolaine Siouï, Executive Director of the FNQLHSSC.
The schedule for the Forum includes work sessions and presentations of existing models in specific First Nations. The results of this work forum will be presented at a press conference to be held on Thursday March 29th 2018, at 12h30 at Hotel Plaza, in Québec City.
Founded in 1974, Québec Native Women Inc. (QNW) represents Indigenous women across the province, including women living in urban areas. www.faq-qnw.org
About the FNQLHSSC
The FNQLHSSC is a non-for-profit organization that supports the efforts of First Nations in Québec and Labrador to plan and deliver health and social services programs that are culturally adapted and preventative. www.cssspnql.com
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For further information: QNW, Julia Couture-Glassco, Communication Officer, [email protected], Cell. : 514-210-2668; FNQLHSSC, Patricia Mathias, Communication Project Manager, [email protected], Cell.: 581-450-3609
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