Backgrounder - Governments of Canada, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut announce joint funding to advance gender equality


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.

Funding partnership with Governments of Nunavut and Northwest Territories

These funding agreements represent a strategic investment on behalf of Women and Gender Equality Canada and both the Governments of Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

This strategic intergovernmental collaboration aligns to work with Provincial and Territorials governments to support the advancement of gender equality across Canada with more sustainable funding options. This was a key priority identified at the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Forum on Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in 2017.

Northern projects

Today’s announcement profiled two projects to empower women and girls in the North to take leadership roles in their communities, identified by the Governments of Northwest Territories and Nunavut as strategic opportunities to advance gender equality..

Government of Northwest Territories

Project title: Promoting Women in Leadership
Funding amount: $525,000 

The Government of Northwest Territories is receiving $525,000 from the Government of Canada to bolster their own $121,500 investment in promoting women in political leadership roles across the territories through a public information campaign and new school curriculum. 

The Northwest Territories’ Department of Education, Culture and Employment provides programs and services for the people of the Northwest Territories to enable them to reach their full potential, to lead fulfilled lives and to contribute to a strong and prosperous society. 

Government of Nunavut

Project title: Nunavut Women and Girls Leadership and Governance Initiative
Funding amount: $600,000 

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Family Services is receiving $600,000  from the Government of Canada to empower Inuit women and girls with leadership skills by engaging community, regional, and territorial stakeholders in the creation of a Women and Girls Leadership and Governance Forum. Following the forum, a number of workshops will be piloted in various communities to support economic prosperity, political leadership, and the prevention of violence against Inuit women and girls in Nunavut. 

Nunavut’s Department of Family Services provides programs and services that support families, while prioritizing respectful and nurturing relationships and ensuring Inuit people in Nunavut can reach their full potential.

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