IQALUIT, July 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians expect that their justice system serves all, provides equal access to justice, and supports and protects the most vulnerable, including women and children.
Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced a total of $1.8 million in new funding for three Nunavut inititatives to increase access to justice and support the well-being of women and children.
To better understand the legal needs of women in Nunavut with respect to family violence and to improve their access to legal information and resources, the Law Society of Nunavut launched their Access to Justice for Family Violence in Nunavut project. The project will also develop a family violence awareness campaign to improve the public's ability to recognize abusive situations and break the silence around family violence. The Department of Justice Canada is providing $111,000 over two years in funding to support this project.
The Law Society of Nunavut will also launch an initiative to help confront sexual harassment in the workplace and gender-based violence. This project called Sexual harassment in the workplace and other harassment related issues in Nunavut will increase public awareness of these issues through workshops in communities throughout the territory. In addition, it will deliver public legal information and education, and provide free legal advice and information for individuals who experience harassement or gender-based violence. Creating and maintaining safe workplaces where everyone ? no matter their gender or gender identity ? can be safe, respected and able to focus on their work and career is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Department of Justice Canada is providing $843,000 in funding over five years for this project.
Child victims need safe, comfortable spaces where they can obtain services that are adapted and customized to their needs in order to lessen the consequences of the violence they have experienced. To support children and their families, the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation is working to open a new Child Advocacy Centre in Iqaluit. This centre will provide a safe, culturally informed, child-friendly environment in which various agencies will deliver their services in a collaborative and coordinated response. The Department of Justice Canada will provide $875,526 over five years to support the creation of this Child Advoacy Centre.
"I am proud the Governement Canada is supporting Nunavut-made initiatives that will improve the lives of all Nunavummiut, especially women and children who too frequently face situations of violence. Public legal information and education, knowledge and safe spaces for young victims of crime are important pieces that support a just and thriving society. Thanks to partners such as the Law Society of Nunavut and the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation, we are creating a brighter future for all Nunavummiut. "
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
"The Law Society of Nunavut is committed to public protection which includes providing support and guidance to all Nunavummiut across the territory through its Access to Knowledge Initiative. The Initiative, launched in 2015, facilitates through invaluable collaborations and partnerships access to information with support and increased understanding of their rights and available resources."
Nalini Vaddapalli, Chief Executive Officer
Law Society of Nunavut
"Arctic Children and Youth Foundation (ACYF) Staff and Board of Directors are grateful for long term commitments such as this 5 year commitment from the Department of Justice Canada, to ensure there is focus on the success of the Umingmak Child and Youth Support Center (UCYSC). From a dream 5yrs ago when I started working on a CAC for Nunavut (former Executive Director), I congratulate Executive Director Sarah Clark and staff of ACYF along with the partners of the UCYSC that have successfully made this essential space a reality for Nunavut with the opening of the UCYSC this September."
Executive Board Member for the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation
SOURCE Department of Justice Canada