Federal funding aims to help Indigenous women
- EFN Staff | July 31, 2018
A recent announcement revealed new federal funding for projects targeting Indigenous women in Canada with hopes of strengthening their economic security and prosperity.
On July 30, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, announced more than $4.3 million in funding for projects across Canada, including projects taking place in Saskatchewan.
“When we invest in women, we strengthen our economy and our communities for everyone. By funding organizations that address the very real barriers that Indigenous women face, we are ensuring that all women have an equal and fair chance at success,” said Minister Monsef in a news release. “It’s not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Indigenous women have the talent, leadership and ingenuity to inspire positive change and that is why the Government of Canada is proud to support projects like these.”
Minister Monsef was joined by representatives from the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan and the Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc., which are receiving funding under this call for proposals.
“This partnership with the federal government will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable women and their families in Central and Northern Saskatchewan,” said Darlene McKay, President – Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc. “By collaborating with key stakeholders, we will be able to find and implement solutions to increase economic security for Métis women in Saskatchewan.”
According to the news release, the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan has been awarded $304,950 for a project that aims to develop an Indigenous Women’s Economic Framework with local business and economic partners through engagement with Indigenous women and local stakeholders. The Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc. will be receiving $255,844 for a project to identify and respond to barriers affecting the economic security of vulnerable women in Central and Northern Saskatchewan using research, best practices and capacity building.
“Through this funding, our organization will be able to continue building support, trust and strong leadership at the community level,” said Nathan Favel, President - Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan. “We are excited to launch this project to address barriers and find ways to best support women’s economic security and prosperity.”
Fourteen projects from coast to coast to coast will receive funding through the call for proposals Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women which was launched last fall. Other projects related to this call for proposals will be announced in the coming months.