Government of Canada supports Saskatchewan women's organizations

    REGINA, June 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Low-income francophone women, women facing
violence, Aboriginal and young women with disabilities, and immigrant women in
Saskatchewan will now have the tools they need to build a brighter future for
themselves, thanks to support from the Government of Canada.
    On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, Mr.
Dave Batters, Member of Parliament for Palliser, today announced funding to
four organizations for projects that will benefit women in Regina and
throughout Saskatchewan.
    The four organizations will receive a total of $574,444 in funding over
three years from the Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status
of Women Canada. This Fund supports eligible organizations in carrying out
projects at the local, regional and national level. To qualify, the
initiatives must work toward the equality and full participation of women in
the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
    "Our Government is pleased to support these exciting new projects," said
Minister Verner. "By helping women with disabilities to protect themselves
from abuse, improving shelter services to Aboriginal women facing violence,
providing life skills training to immigrant women and promoting economic
well-being among 'Fransaskoises,' we are showing the world that Canada's most
precious and sustainable resource is its people."
    "These projects address some of the toughest issues facing women today in
Saskatchewan," said Mr. Batters. "I am proud to represent a government that is
opening doors for women from all walks of life and degrees of challenge. In
doing so, we are helping to ensure that the leaders of tomorrow truly
represent the diversity of the Canadian population."

    The following four organizations will receive funding:
    - The Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises, based in Gravelbourg,
      will receive $236,400 for its project entitled Ressources-mobiles pour
      le développement économique au féminin.
    - The Provincial Association of Transition Houses of Saskatchewan will
      receive $195,706 for its Sheltering Women in Saskatchewan: A Project to
      Improve Services to Aboriginal Women.
    - The Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities will receive $97,301
      for its project entitled Silent Voices, Violence against Women with
      Disabilities: Education, Prevention, Intervention.
    - The Regina Immigrant Women Centre will receive $45,037 for its project
      entitled Life Skills Training to Build Capacity of Immigrant Women.

    "We are delighted to have the support of the Government of Canada for
this ambitious new project," said Ms. Maria Lepage, President of the
Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises. "These funds will enable us to reach
out in a meaningful way to low-income francophone women in cities, towns and
rural communities throughout Saskatchewan, and to provide them with the tools
and supports they need to develop their economic security - and prosper in the
years ahead."
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.
    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of

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For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and
Minister for La Francophonie, (819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director
General, Communications and Strategic Planning Status of Women Canada, (613)

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