Backgrounder - New federal funding will help prevent and address violence against Indigenous women in Newfoundland and Labrador


Status of Women Canada – Women’s Program

One of the ways Status of Women Canada advances gender equality in Canada is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to accept applications on an ongoing basis.

The Women’s Program funds projects of up to five years that address barriers to women’s participation and equality in Canadian society in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles.

Funded Project

The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network strives to promote, enhance and encourage the health, social, educational, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women within the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Project Description

The Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network Inc. is receiving $291,243 for a 36-month project entitled Building Understanding: Strengthening Lives. The project is focused on increasing Indigenous women’s reporting of domestic violence, and improving access to culturally-relevant support services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Through partnerships, community consultations, and stakeholder engagement with justice-related service providers, the organization will undertake a needs assessment, build on the best practices identified, and work with community Elders to develop and implement tools, protocols, and resources for women. A broad network of agencies from across the province will be the target of knowledge sharing roundtables to ensure that the concerns of Indigenous women are widely heard, and new partnerships and collaboration fostered between women, justice supports, and front-line service providers.

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