Backgrounder - New federal investment to strengthen the economic security and prosperity of Indigenous women in Haute-Mauricie

Backgrounder

Department for Women and Gender Equality – Women’s Program

One of the ways the Department for Women and Gender Equality 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 address emerging issues as they arise.

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

Calls for Proposals – Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women

On October 2, 2017, the Minister launched a call for proposals entitled Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women for projects to address the economic security and prosperity of Indigenous women and advance gender equality in Canada. Fifteen projects across the country will receive close to $5 million in funding through this call for proposals.

With this call for proposals, Indigenous organizations and governments were invited to implement projects designed to advance economic security and prosperity for Indigenous women by engaging them, their communities and the private sector to build on their strengths, identify opportunities, and address issues affecting their economic security or limiting their economic success.

Association Nikawi Inc.

Founded in 2007, this not-for-profit association is based in Wemotaci, Quebec. The Atikamekw association defends women’s rights and interests, organizes information sessions to support women in many sectors, improves knowledge transfer between elders and female youth, and organizes activities to unite women to improve their living conditions.

Project Description

The Government of Canada is investing $290,000 in the Association Nikawi Inc.’s three-year project entitled Revalorisation et reconnaissance économique des activités traditionnelles des Femmes Premières Nations. The project will address the institutional, economic and social barriers that affect the Indigenous women of Wemotaci, Ekuanitshit and Unamen Shipu. It will mobilize local Indigenous women to come together to foster partnerships and develop a local strategy to use available non-timber forest resources, market them and distribute them through a professional farm supply network. The project would expand community understanding by ensuring band councils recognize the importance of harvest and traditional practices for Indigenous women’s economic empowerment and land management.


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