Backgrounder - New federal funding will help improve women’s economic security in the Northwest Territories

Backgrounder

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 systemic barriers to women’s equality 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.

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. Fourteen projects across the country will receive more than $4.3 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.

Northwest Territories Projects

The Government of Canada is investing $200,000 in the Native Women’s Association of Northwest Territories (NWA NWT), a not-for-profit organization created to empower and support Indigenous women and their families throughout the Northwest Territories. This 24-month project, entitled “Poverty Prevention: Keeping Women Housed”, will increase the capacity, connections, and knowledge of the NWA NWT to better represent the needs and voices of Indigenous women in official and community responses to homelessness and related poverty reduction in the Northwest Territories. The project will add new insights on Indigenous women and homelessness, to contribute to the Yellowknife action plan and shape ongoing planning and implementation of culturally- and gender-appropriate responses to ending homelessness. Through this project the NWA NWT will work with the Government of the Northwest Territories and the City of Yellowknife.

The Gwich’in Tribal Council, an Indigenous organization that represents Gwich’in participants in the Mackenzie-Delta of the Northwest Territories and across Canada, was awarded $264,982 for their project entitled, “Economic Prosperity for Women on the Road to Tuktoyaktuk”. Through this 24-month project, the Gwich’in Tribal Council will address the systemic gaps that local Indigenous women need to fill to enable them to succeed in the growing tourism sector and take full advantage of the arts, crafts and confections market in the Beaufort Delta region. Activities include working with partners to map out the services and supports currently available and develop an action plan to better engage women in the art and crafts traditional economy.

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