Government of Canada supports projects for women and youth in Manitoba

    WINNIPEG, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is pleased to
support two projects being provided by local organizations based in Manitoba.
The first project will address the sexual exploitation of youth, specifically
the trafficking of Aboriginal women and children, and the second will provide
support to women caring for children with disabilities.
    The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), today
announced that the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will receive $100, 000 for its
project, Prevent Human Trafficking: Stop the Sexual Exploitation of First
Nations Women and Children, which will develop partnership networks as well as
other measures to prevent and protect women and youth from sexual exploitation
and trafficking. The Association for Community Living - Manitoba will receive
$20,860 for its project, Returning to Our Awareness - A Path of Empowerment
for Women Caregivers, which will provide support groups for women caring for
children with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
    "Our Government is taking action to support and protect women from across
the country," said Minister Guergis. "That is why I am proud to announce
funding for these two projects, one that will work to stop the exploitation of
some of our most vulnerable women and youth, the other that will provide a
group of very dedicated caregivers the invaluable opportunity to share
experiences and expertise."
    "We know as First Nations that it is our collective responsibility to
protect the most vulnerable among us. When we turn women and children into
objects to be traded or sold, we fail in our own humanity," said Mr. Ron
Evans, Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
    "Especially when it comes to raising children, women are often the
primary caregivers," said Ms. Val Surbey, President of the Association for
Community Living - Manitoba. "Raising a child with a disability brings its own
unique challenges that can include significant stress and a sense of
isolation. Our project will not only provide help and encouragement, it will
also provide opportunities for these women to network, and to learn more about
disability resources, services and programs."
    Funding for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs project comes from the
Women's Partnership Fund, and funding for the Association for Community Living
- Manitoba project comes from the Women's Community Fund. Both are components
of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada, a federal government agency
working to promote equality for women and their full participation in the
economic, social and democratic life of Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Nancy Bishay, Senior Special Assistant,
Communications, Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819)
956-4000; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic
Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839

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