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Canadian government launches new fund for Aboriginal Women’s Organizing Network Society

VANCOUVER, BC – The underlying systemic causes of continuous violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people were brought to light by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The COVID-19 pandemic also posed previously unheard-of difficulties for those in need of assistance and the front-line organisations who serve them.

On behalf of the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality, and Youth, Taleeb Noormohamed, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, today announced up to $400,000 for the Aboriginal Women’s Organizing Network Society.

In order to address the core causes of gender-based violence (GBV) and ensure that Indigenous women and their communities may thrive both now and in the future, it is important to build the capacity of organisations that support Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

This declaration follows the federal, provincial, and territorial ministers in charge of women’s issues endorsing the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence in early November. The National Action Plan has five pillars: prevention; a responsive legal system; implementing Indigenous-led approaches; and social infrastructure and an enabling environment. It also supports victims, survivors, and their families.