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Minister Marci Ien announces funding for organizations helping Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQI+ people in Newfoundland and Labrador


ST. JOHN'S, NL, Aug. 4, 2023 /CNW/ - Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ communities face discrimination, violence, and barriers, which prevent them from participating in economic, social, and political aspects of life. Supporting organizations that represent these communities helps to build a safer, more equitable and inclusive Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, alongside Minister O'Regan, St. John's South?Mount Pearl, Member of Parliament Joanne Thompson, St. John's East, and Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality in Newfoundland and Labrador, announced $867,162 for two organizations whose respective goals are to support, among others, Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQI+ communities. Gender-based violence and affirming healthcare are at the heart of the projects receiving support.

The National Inquiry into MMIWG highlighted the underlying systemic causes of ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ people. Increasing the capacity of Indigenous women's and 2SLGBTQI+ organizations will enable organizations to address the root causes of gender-based violence and ensure that Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQI+ people, and their communities, can prosper now and in the future.

Following the launch of the 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan last year, the Government of Canada continues to prioritize direct support to 2SLGBTQI+ communities. This includes supporting community-informed projects that will address key issues facing these communities.

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"Local Indigenous and 2SLGBTQI+ organizations like First Light St. John's Friendship Centre and Quadrangle LGBTQ Community Centre know how best to support their community. By investing in grassroots organizations, the Government of Canada is making sure that no one is left behind while building a more inclusive Canada."
The Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

"Gender-based violence has no place in Canada. I'm pleased to support the important work of two local organizations, First Light St John's Friendship Centre, and Quadrangle LGBTQ Community Centre. Today's funding announcement takes us one step closer to achieving an inclusive Canada where everyone has access to affirming healthcare and lives a life free from gender-based violence."
Minister Seamus O'Regan, St. John's South?Mount Pearl

"The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) documented the many ways in which gender-based violence disproportionately affects Indigenous communities ? going so far as to call it a national emergency. With this new funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada, First Light Friendship Centre will be able to expand its capacity to address the root causes of gender-based violence affecting 2SLGBTQ+ people in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. In collaboration with our partners in First Voice Urban Indigenous Coalition, we will lead research and policy development efforts to promote the implementation of the MMIWG Calls for Justice on behalf of our community."
Stacey Howse, Executive Director, First Light St. John's Friendship Centre

"Access to 2SLGBTQIA+ competent healthcare providers is something the 2SLGBTQIA+ community of Newfoundland and Labrador has been advocating for years for. Through our Women and Gender Equality Canada?funded project, Quadrangle will research the barriers and facilitators to accessing healthcare in our province. This will help highlight and explore the need for more gender-affirming care services to be offered in the province, the need for greater access to harm-reduction supports like PEP and PrEP, and the overall need for improved 2SLGBTQIA+ education within our healthcare system. This research also allows us to develop training tools to better support knowledge-sharing with healthcare providers from the voices of our community."
Charlie Murphy, Executive Director, Quadrangle NL

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