Backgrounder - Government of Canada supports Indigenous organization in New Brunswick to ensure greater access to justice 

Backgrounder

Women and Gender Equality Canada – Women’s Program

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

The Women’s Program funds projects that address systemic barriers to women’s equality 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.

New Brunswick Project

Today’s announcement in Fredericton, New Brunswick, profiled an organization selected for federal funding:

New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC)

Project title: Looking Out for Each Other
Funding amount: $441,769

NBAPC will expand its successful Looking Out for Each Other project, a community driven initiative that assists families and communities when an Indigenous woman goes missing. It develops and implements effective practices to assist families and communities in dealing with the legal system and the media. The organization will work with the police and media to expand the project in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Québec. Appropriate and responsive tools will be developed and implemented such as checklists and protocols for police and public education and awareness tools for lawyers and journalists, building on needs that communities have identified in reporting missing Indigenous women and girls. The results of this expansion will be shared with other communities and stakeholder organizations. 

NBAPC, formerly the New Brunswick Association of Métis and Non-Status Indians, was incorporated in New Brunswick as a non-profit organization in 1972 to improve the social and economic standards of off-reserve Indigenous people in New Brunswick. The organization has grown significantly over the years and provides a voice for approximately 28,260 status and non-status Indigenous people living in the province. NBAPC is affiliated with the Congress of Aboriginal People in Ottawa, representing over one million off-reserve Indigenous people across Canada.


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