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Government of Canada announces funding to eight Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations in British Columbia

VICTORIA, BC, Nov. 25, 2022 /CNW/ - The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls highlighted the underlying systemic causes of ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The COVID-19 pandemic also created unprecedented challenges for victims seeking help and the frontline organizations that support them.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced up to $2.76 million to eight organizations in British Columbia. This funding will increase the capacity of Indigenous and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide prevention services and supports to address the disproportionate rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in these communities. 

The eight organizations receiving funding include: 

This announcement builds on the endorsement of the National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for the Status of Women in early November. The National Action Plan includes five pillars: Support for victims, survivors and their families; Prevention; Responsive justice system; Implementing Indigenous-led approaches; and Social infrastructure and enabling environment. 

Today also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, an opportunity to recommit to calling out and speaking up against acts of gender-based violence, in Canada and around the world. 


"The incredibly high rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people are shocking. Frontline organizations, advocates, and volunteers are the heart of systemic change, and supporting their life-saving work remains a priority. Today, on the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, we reaffirm our commitment to working with Indigenous partners, families, and victims and survivors of gender-based violence to end this ongoing tragedy and build safer communities for all."

The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth 
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