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Government of Canada announced funding for an Indigenous women's and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organization in Quebec


LA TUQUE, QC, May 4, 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 people in need of help and the frontline organizations that support them.

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice?Champlain, on behalf of the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced $400,000 in funding for Centre d'amitié autochtone La Tuque's Mamo Miskosiwin project.

This project will allow the organization to strengthen its services to Indigenous people including women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in the La Tuque area. Tools, training and mentoring will be developed and enhanced to better meet community needs to address gender-based violence.

Increasing the capacity of Indigenous women's and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations will enable them to address the root causes of gender-based violence and ensure that Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and their communities can 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 National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence. The National Action Plan is a strategic framework for addressing gender-based violence. It 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 incredibly high rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people is shocking. Frontline organizations, activists, and volunteers are at the heart of systemic change, and supporting their essential work is our priority. The funding announced today will help Centre d'amitié autochtone La Tuque build their capacity to deliver gender-based violence prevention programming that addresses the root causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people. This Friday May 5th we mark Red Dress which reminds us to uphold and honour the memory and spirits of all missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls (MMIWG) and Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, plus (2SLGBTQI+) people."

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice?Champlain

"The Mamo Miskosiwin project contributes to improving the organizational capacity of the Centre d'amitié autochtone de La Tuque (CAALT) and to developing the offer of prevention and intervention services in matters of spousal and/or family violence for the Indigenous people of the territory or those travelling through.

This funding is welcomed positively by CAALT and demonstrates recognition of the importance of CAALT's actions toward healing and reconciliation. This funding is an opportunity to improve the organizational capacity to develop and sustain culturally relevant and safe services for the Indigenous population."

Johanne Larouche, Director of Strategic and Organizational Development, Centre d'amitié autochtone de La Tuque (CAALT)

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