Government of Canada supports projects for women in Newfoundland and Labrador

    STEPHENVILLE, NL, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis,
Minister of State (Status of Women), today announced support to the Women in
Resource Development Committee (WRDC) and the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's
Network, for projects that empower women in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Through the project entitled Informing Women about Opportunities in
Natural Resource Development, the Women in Resource Development Committee is
seeking to increase awareness and enhance opportunities for women to work in
non-traditional jobs in the resource development sector.
    Through the project entitled Aboriginal Women on the Verge of Rising
(Kiskat-pukuwit): Breaking Barriers, Building Strong Minds, the Newfoundland
Aboriginal Women's Network is supporting leadership development among
Aboriginal women and girls.
    "I am proud of our Government's support for these two innovative
projects, which will make a real difference in the quality of life in some of
the province's most vulnerable communities," said the Minister of State
Guergis. "Both of these initiatives offer women a chance to develop their
independence, reach their full potential, and meaningfully contribute to their
families and their communities."
    The Women in Resource Development Committee is receiving $200,000 over 18
months to carry out its project.
    The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network is receiving a supplement of
$40,000 to carry out its 14-month, multi-phase project. This is an addition to
the $156,507 the group received in 2008 to design a leadership development
framework for Aboriginal women in 26 communities, through which participants
rediscover their cultural roots, develop self-awareness and take on leadership
roles. The Network is now in the reporting stage of the overall project.
    The two projects are supported through the Women's Community Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. This Fund is for eligible
organizations to carry out projects at the local, regional and national
    "WRDC is very pleased to receive this funding, which allows us to reach
some 335 women throughout the province," said Ms. Erin Keough, Executive
Director of the Women in Resource Development Committee. "Project participants
will be able to increase their knowledge of resource development, and enhance
their capacity to take on careers in trades and technology in this sector."
    "Thanks to this additional funding from the Government of Canada, trained
Aboriginal facilitators will provide leadership development and anti-violence
workshops in Newfoundland Aboriginal communities," said Ms. Sheila Robinson,
President of the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network. "We can also explore
possibilities for delivering workshops to Aboriginal communities in Labrador."

    Status of Women Canada is 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: Sherine Mansour, Director of 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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