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Funding for Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada to address root causes of Gender-based Violence


OTTAWA, ON, May 3, 2023 /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 and survivors seeking help and the frontline organizations that support them.

Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced $750,000 in funding for Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

Increasing the capacity of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada will provide Inuit-specific solutions to preventing and addressing gender-based violence, which will help Indigenous women, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and their communities prosper now and in the future.

In November 2022, the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Forum of Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women launched the 10-year National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence. This is a strategic framework for addressing gender-based violence. The National Action Plan includes five pillars: support for victims, survivors, and their families; prevention; a responsive justice system; implementing Indigenous-led approaches; and social infrastructure and an enabling environment.

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"The high rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people are alarming. Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is doing critical work to prevent and address gender-based violence, and supporting these efforts remains a top priority for the Government of Canada. The funding announced today will help this organization build their capacity to address the root causes of gender-based violence and continue to build prosperous Inuit communities. This Friday, May 5, we mark Red Dress Day, which reminds us to uphold and honour the memory and spirits of all missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) as well as Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender-diverse (2SLGBTQI+) people."

The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier

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