First Nations: an additional $ 6 million for victims of violence

First Nations: an additional $ 6 million for victims of violence

Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Ian Lafrenière.

Quebec is injecting an additional $ 6 million into the prevention of sexual, conjugal and family violence in Indigenous communities. The envelope allocated to the cause therefore increases to $ 11.4 million.

The increased funding can be explained by the willingness of several community organizations to present initiatives. “Through their strong participation in this call for intent, Aboriginal organizations and communities are sending us a clear message: this initiative to combat violence in Aboriginal communities is necessary,” said the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, at a press conference on Thursday.

Funded organizations work in particular to prevent sexual assault and exploitation in Aboriginal communities. They are also dedicated to the cultural response to violence, focusing on awareness.

“It is important to put in place concrete and culturally appropriate solutions, developed by and for First Nations and Inuit. It is through these concrete actions that we will improve the safety of Aboriginal women and girls, ”said the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Ian Lafrenière.

The projects presented will be rolled out over a two to four year horizon and will receive a maximum funding of $ 200,000. The initiatives chosen by the government will be known in February.

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