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July 26, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada
Everyone has the right to live free from violence. However, many people in Canada continue to experience violence every day because of their gender, gender expression, gender identity or perceived gender. This issue has only been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic in communities across the country. That’s why the Government of Canada is collaborating with organizations that provide continued support and empower women and families, Indigenous peoples, and underrepresented people, ensuring that everyone can feel safe and live a life free of violence.
Today Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $200,000 to support the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council and $30,000 to support the NB Champions for Child Rights Inc. Both are dedicated and impactful organizations that work tirelessly to end gender-based violence in Canada.
This funding will help both organizations increase access to supports for underserved populations in the region. The New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council is working towards establishing a crisis Helpline (1-833-MMI-FIND) across Eastern provinces for Indigenous people facing the compounded impacts of both the COVID-19 pandemic, and the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. NB Champions for Child Rights Inc. will develop an implementation plan to increase access to culturally sensitive and gender inclusive programs and create supports for underserved populations in the province as they continue the healing journey from the effects of gender-based violence.
Much work remains to be done to address gender-based violence in our country. The Government of Canada continues to work together with provinces, territories, Indigenous partners, service providers, victims, survivors and experts to ensure anyone facing gender-based violence has reliable and timely access to protection and services, no matter who they are or where they live.
“Ensuring women, children, Indigenous peoples and underrepresented populations feel safer in their own communities is a top priority for the Government of Canada. These two important projects will ensure that there is consistent and reliable access to the critical supports and services needed to ensure victims and survivors of gender-based violence can continue their healing journey here in New Brunswick. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has directly supported 400 projects just like these across the country. I am extremely grateful to these dedicated organizations for their tireless work towards creating a safer Canada as we are rebuilding strong communities.”
Jenica Atwin – Member of Parliament for Fredericton
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
Women and Gender Equality Canada