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

News release

August 17, 2018 – Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador – Status of Women Canada

Gender equality is a key priority for the Government of Canada,  because we know that Canada simply cannot move forward when half of us are held back.

That’s why today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced Government of Canada funding to help prevent and address violence against Indigenous women in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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 within the island portion of 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 Indigenous women, justice supports, and front-line service providers.


“Gender-based violence remains a persistent barrier to gender equality in our country, and we know that Indigenous women and girls are more likely to be victims of this kind of violence. That’s why the federal government is committed to supporting organizations that help us address and prevent gender-based violence in all its forms.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

“I am proud of the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing gender equality. I am also pleased that this collaboration with the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network Inc. will help prevent and address violence against Indigenous women. Many women, their families and communities across Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from this initiative.”

Gudie Hutchings, M.P.
Long Range Mountains

“We welcome this opportunity to collaborate with the Government of Canada to increase Indigenous women’s reporting of domestic violence, and improve access to culturally-relevant support services in Newfoundland and Labrador. This project is going to make a real difference in the lives of Indigenous women, as well as their families and communities who also suffer the consequences of violence.”

Elder Odelle Pike
Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network Inc.

Quick facts

  • Status of Women Canada works to address systemic barriers to the full participation of women in all aspects of Canadian life with a focus on three priorities: increasing women's economic security and prosperity; encouraging women in leadership and decision-making roles; and, ending violence against women and girls.

  • In June 2017, the Minister of Status of Women, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, announced the first-ever federal strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence. The Strategy is based on three pillars: prevention, support for survivors and their families, and promoting a responsive justice system.

  • The Government of Canada expanded the Strategy’s scope and nearly doubled its total funding to nearly $200 million in Budget 2018. New investments will focus on preventing teen dating violence, enhancing and developing preventative bullying and cyberbullying initiatives, and equipping health professionals to provide appropriate care to victims, among other actions. Additionally, Budget 2018 expands the RCMP sexual assault review and support training and awareness of officers, as well as establish a National Framework to Address Gender-Based Violence in Post-Secondary Institutions.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Inuit, First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The focus is on building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

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Rosalyn Stevens
Communications Assistant
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada

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