The Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal and Immigrant women leaving abusive relationships

    PETERBOROUGH, ON, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of The Honourable
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official
Languages, Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament (Peterborough), today
announced funding to the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network
(Peterborough) Inc. for a 12-month project to help Aboriginal and immigrant
women leave abusive relationships.
    Aboriginal and immigrant women in abusive relationships often have
limited access to the support they need to be able to leave the relationship
and establish their emotional and economic independence. Funding in the amount
$77,045 will enable the Community Innovation Network (Peterborough) Inc. both
to create a mutual support network for approximately 50 Aboriginal and
immigrant women during their transition away from violent family situations
and provide assistance with job training and job applications. The project
will build a cross-agency peer support network among the approximately
20 local groups that deal with various aspects of violence against women.
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects aimed at
ensuring the full participation of women in every aspect of Canadian society,"
said Mr. Del Mastro. "We need to ensure that Aboriginal and immigrant women
have access to the support services they need when they are faced with
violence and abuse."
    Linda Slavin, General Manager of the Community Opportunity and Innovation
Network (Peterborough) Inc., said, "We are delighted to have the support of
the federal government to carry out our project, Women Helping Women:
Partnerships for Achieving Independence. It will make a real difference in the
lives of Aboriginal, immigrant and other women in our community who have
experienced violence."
    Minister Verner announced on October 11 that 60 projects will receive a
total of $8 million in funding through the Women's Community Fund of the
Women's Program of Status of Women Canada. The projects will have an impact on
260,000 women and girls across Canada.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and cultural 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,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director, Communications, Status of Women
Canada, (613) 995-7839; This release is also available on the Status of Women
Canada website:

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