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NAN Calls for Fire Inquest on Anniversary of Pikangikum Tragedy

PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION (March 30, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Pikangikum First Nation Chief Dean Owen have called for a coroner’s inquest into Fire Safety in NAN First Nations, on the anniversary of the tragic house fire that claimed nine lives in Pikangikum First Nation last year. “We remember the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 20173 Views

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The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Child and Family Services Support for First Nations in Ontario

March 30, 2017     Sudbury, Ontario        Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada The well-being of Indigenous children and families is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are taking action and working in partnership to help ensure that children receive the health and social services they need, when they need it. Today the Honourable […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 20174 Views

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New courthouse as part of justice centre for Red Deer

March 30, 2017 A new justice centre with 12 courtrooms and space for dispute resolution services will be built to serve Red Deer and central Alberta residents. The new Red Deer Justice Centre will address a prolonged space shortage in the current courthouse to help meet the region’s justice needs. Since the existing courthouse was built […]

by pmnationtalk on March 30, 20174 Views

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Underfunding for B.C. aboriginal agencies means kids removed from homes: report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017  VANCOUVER _ British Columbia’s representative for children and youth says indigenous kids are being removed from their homes and placed in care because agencies supporting their families are underfunded. Bernard Richard blames both the provincial and federal governments, saying current funding models mean aboriginal agencies are unlikely to provide the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 20174 Views

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Representative Releases Baseline Report on Delegated Aboriginal Agencies

VICTORIA – Underfunding of Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) means Indigenous children are being removed from their homes and placed in care simply because the funds are not there to provide support services to their families, finds a report released today by B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, Bernard Richard. Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 20176 Views

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Testimony concludes in Machiskinic inquest, but many questions remain – CBC

Mar 29, 2017 Coroner to instruct 6-person jury Thursday; they have 5 possibilities on manner of death to consider The lawyer representing the family of Nadine Machiskinic said the coroner’s inquest established at least a couple key facts. The 29-year-old mother of four fell 10 storeys down a Regina hotel laundry chute to her death. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 20176 Views

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BCGEU: Workers at Aboriginal child protection agency seek contract to improve child safety

March 27, 2017 BURNABY – Workers at the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (also known as Xyolhemeylh) are seeking a union contract in line with best practices for Aboriginal child welfare services in B.C. Xyolhemeylh workers want their employer to agree to reducing their caseloads and provide resources that will allow them […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 20176 Views

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Van car crash in southwestern Ontario leaves 3 dead, 5 hurt – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 30, 2017  CALEDONIA, Ont. _ Three people are dead and five others are in hospital following a crash on Wednesday night on a rural road near Caledonia, Ont. Ontario Provincial Police said a passenger van carrying seven people and a car collided shortly after 9 p.m. on Highway 6. The lone person […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 20174 Views

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Eight year difference in sentence sought by Crown, defence in drunk driving case – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 29, 2017 By Geordon Omand THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER _ The deep-rooted effects of Canada’s residential school system must be considered in the sentencing of a drunk driver who killed three people after mowing down two cyclists on a British Columbia highway two years ago, the man’s lawyer said Wednesday. Crown counsel […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 20174 Views

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Media Availability Regarding Support for Child and Family Services in Ontario First Nations

Sudbury – Please be advised that the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, will hold a press conference to announce funding for Child and Family Services on First Nations across Ontario. Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 Time: 10:30 a.m. (EST) Where: 866 Newgate Avenue, Unit 1 Sudbury, ON P3A 5J9 For […]

by pmnationtalk on March 29, 201716 Views

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National Inquiry to Hold First Family Hearings in Whitehorse (28/03/17)

March 28, 2017 The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will continue holding a series of regional advisory meetings across the country over the next two months in order to receive input from survivors and families leading up to family hearings that will begin at the end of May. The meetings, […]

by pmnationtalk on March 29, 201720 Views

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BR MMIW Inquiry – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Mar 29, 2017 OTTAWA – The national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls will hold its first hearing with families in May. The meeting on the 29th will be in Whitehorse. Over the next two months, commissioners will hold a series of regional advisory meetings across the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 29, 201719 Views

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Trailer-hitch attack on First Nations woman called ‘hate crime’ – Thestar.com

Thunder Bay First Nations resident Barbara Kentner hit in abdomen with trailer hitch thrown from a passing car. Her sister says she heard someone in the car say: “I (expletive) got one of them.” March 28, 2017 Thunder Bay First Nations resident Melissa Kentner says she has no doubt it was a hate crime that […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201728 Views

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Sixties Scoop survivors meeting with Alberta minister on apology – CBC

Thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families Mar 28, 2017 Alberta Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan is meeting Tuesday afternoon with survivors of the Sixties Scoop to discuss what type of apology would be most meaningful to the community. The group wants Alberta to issue an official apology […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201716 Views

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Police IT system security improved, but more needed

March 28, 2017 VICTORIA – Auditor General Carol Bellringer released a report today on B.C.’s police IT system, PRIME-BC System – A Security Audit. Bellringer’s office first audited PRIME-BC in 2013, but did not release a public report due to the sensitive nature of its findings. Today’s report is the result of a second full […]

by aanationtalk on March 28, 201711 Views

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25,000 Canadians Join First Nations, Local Residents in Seeking Justice for Canada’s Biggest Mining Spill

March 27, 2017 Williams Lake (B.C.). As Federal Crown Prosecutors move today in B.C. provincial court to stay (i.e. shelve) MiningWatch’s private charges over the Mount Polley mine disaster, the mining watchdog is releasing the names of over 25,000 Canadians who have endorsed a petition urging the Trudeau government not to let those responsible off the […]

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 201722 Views

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Ottawa gives Manitoba chiefs money to study reforming child-welfare system – National Observer

March 28th 2017 Canada’s indigenous affairs minister says Manitoba child welfare should move away from rewarding the apprehension of children to focus more on keeping families together. “If agencies get more money because they’ve apprehended more children, and the money is going to lawyers to apprehend more children, that isn’t where we want the money […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201713 Views

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QNW: Special Report – Descheneaux case and Bill S-3

March 27, 2017 Background The Government of Canada’s response to the decision was to engage in a two-phased legislative amendment process. Phase I was the introduction of Bill S-3 to address the sex-based discrimination outlined in Descheneaux, namely the “cousins” issue and “siblings” issue. In addition, Bill S-3 included the “omitted minor child” issue; a […]

by pmnationtalk on March 28, 201712 Views

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NAN, Feds partnering to address costs of child welfare – Sioux Bulletin

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the federal government have announced a new tool to address the costs of providing child welfare services in NAN First Nation communities. The Remoteness Quotient Table (RQ Table) was announced on March 10 by NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Minister Carolyn Bennett. “This […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201711 Views

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Safe rides supported in Rupert as part of Highway 16 action plan – The Northern View

Mar 28, 2017 The Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert received part of a $2 million community vehicles grant from the Province of B.C. last week as part of the Highway 16 Transportation Action Plan. The program’s budget went from $800,000 to $2 million based on the number of applications and the capital costs of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 201711 Views

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NAN Supports St. Anne’s Residential School Survivors’ Fight for Justice

TORONTO, ON (March 24, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler supports the continued fight for justice by Indian Residential School Survivors during the St. Anne’s Residential School Independent Assessment Process (IAP) and Edmund Metatawabin legal proceedings in Toronto today. “This prolonged legal battle has been a long and difficult process and I […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201725 Views

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Canada supports engagement with Manitoba First Nations on child and family services

March 27, 2017    Winnipeg, MB  –  Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada The wellbeing of Indigenous children and families is a priority for the Government of Canada. We are taking action and working with partners to help ensure that children receive the health and social services they need, when they need it. Today the Minister of […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201728 Views

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Indigenous woman’s eviction highlights grey areas in divorce cases – CBC

Mar 27, 2017 Tori Cress is not a band member where the lot is located, but believes she has marital claim to house A woman on the Wahta Mohawk territory is getting kicked out of the home she built with her ex-husband without receiving a settlement she said is owed to her. “I’m in a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 201719 Views

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Ottawa gives Manitoba chiefs money to study reforming child welfare system – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 27, 2017 11:30 WINNIPEG _ Canada’s indigenous affairs minister says child welfare needs to be reformed to better serve First Nations. Carolyn Bennett is in Winnipeg to announce funding for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to study how Child and Family Services can be overhauled. Bennett says the $550,000 will help First Nations […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201721 Views

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N.B. court refuses to put man back in prison after he didn’t get his medication – CBC

Tobique First Nation man alleged to have committed more crimes in delusional state 2 days after release March 27, 2017 New Brunswick’s highest court has rejected a bid by the Crown to put a man from Tobique First Nation back in prison, after he wasn’t given his medication while incarcerated on a drug-trafficking charge. Timothy […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201724 Views

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Ontario Providing Improved Access to Legal Services

Province to Increase Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold on April 1, 2017 March 27, 2017 Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario is providing more people with affordable access to legal services by increasing the financial eligibility threshold for legal aid by another six per cent. Effective April 1, 2017, about 140,000 more people will be eligible […]

by pmnationtalk on March 27, 201710 Views

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National Inquiry: Application – Families and relatives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Quebec

Families and relatives of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Quebec, The National Inquiry is looking for you to get involved. QNW encourages you to be in contact with the Inquiry to make your voices heard throughout this process. What you need to know: This inquiry is looking into the systemic causes of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201735 Views

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens with radical political love story – Thestar.com

The program also includes films highlighting Canada’s own historical horrors. March 24, 2017 Human Rights Watch: Cinema remains a powerful tool for raising awareness of issues of human rights and social justice wherever those struggles take place in the world. But while stories from Syria, China, Egypt and Pakistan certainly figure strongly in the latest […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201721 Views

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Margolese Prize Winner Wants Homelessness No More – The Tyee

Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam talks housing, treaty, and LGBTQ2S+ rights in lead-up to Vancouver event. Sylvia McAdam is not one to back down from a human rights fight. A co-founder of the Idle No More grassroots Indigenous advocacy movement that spread across Canada in 2012, McAdam, a member of the nêhiyaw or Cree […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201719 Views

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Federal budget has no new spending for on-reserve fire safety – Thestar.com

March 23, 2017 The words “fire protection,” “fire prevention,” and “fire services” do not appear once in the 2017 federal budget, which does include $3.4 billion in new spending for indigenous people. Despite “unprecedented” spending for indigenous issues, the new federal budget doesn’t promise a penny more for fire prevention in First Nations communities. The […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201726 Views

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New Judge Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ontario has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 5, 2017. Justice George Louis Orsini was called to the bar in 1992. For the past three years, he has served as Crown attorney in the County of Brant, where he developed significant expertise in the areas of Indigenous law and restorative […]

by pmnationtalk on March 24, 201718 Views

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Car crashes, drowning, abuse and neglect: How 53 vulnerable N.B. children died – CBC

Anne Bertrand says government is using privacy law to maintain ‘secrecy’ around child deaths Mar 24, 2017 New Brunswick’s access to information and privacy commissioner is calling on the government to release more public information about child deaths. Anne Bertrand says the government is incorrectly using privacy law to maintain a level of “secrecy” around […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201718 Views

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Leaders Break Ground for New Women’s Correctional Facility

Yellowknife (March 23, 2017) – Minister of Justice Louis Sebert,  Fort Smith area leaders and members of the public came together today for an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Correctional Complex Women’s Unit in Fort Smith. This new modern correctional facility will emphasize open cultural and educational areas to help support […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201714 Views

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Ian Mulgrew: Half a century on, Tom Berger still battling for First Nations – Vancouver Sun

Nearly half a century after he stood in the Supreme Court of Canada and made history for aboriginal people, Tom Berger rose again in the august chamber. On the eve of his 84th birthday, his hair a snowy thatch, the man once known across the north as “Ni-wha Judge” (Our Judge) asked the high bench […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201719 Views

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Advocates once again push federal government to comply with First Nations child welfare ruling – CBC

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued 3 compliance orders to feds since landmark 2016 ruling Mar 23, 2017 First Nations child advocates are before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa again this week, trying to force the federal government to abide by an order to provide equitable funding for child and family services on […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201715 Views

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Saskatchewan Justice reviewing whether charges warranted in Husky oil spill – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 23, 2017 By Jennifer Graham THE CANADIAN PRESS REGINA _ Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is reviewing Husky Energy’s response to alarms before a major oil spill last summer to determine whether charges are warranted. The department is also looking into a delay in shutting down the ruptured pipeline. “I am deeply concerned about […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 201719 Views

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Child intervention panel seeks real change in backlogged system – Cochrane Eagle

Mar 23, 2017 Cochrane’s MLA is part of a comprehensive review of the province’s child protection services to help streamline a system weighed down by bureaucracy. Banff-Cochrane NDP MLA Cameron Westhead is one of 11 all-party members who sits on the review panel. Dr. Peter Choate, Bruce MacLaurin and Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson, experts in the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201726 Views

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Reconciliation needs ongoing effort – The Chronicle Journal

The Valhalla Inn Ballroom was filled to capacity Wednesday morning as guests settled in to hear about eliminating racial discrimination during Diversity Thunder Bay’s 11th anniversary Celebration Breakfast. The breakfast took place in conjunction with the City of Thunder Bay and the Anti-Racism and Respect Advisory Committee on the United Nations International Day for the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201721 Views

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OIPRD 2015-2016​ Annual Report

DIRECTOR’S NOTE I have had the distinct pleasure of serving as the Independent Police Review Director in Ontario for the past six years. This past fiscal year has been an especially interesting year for policing and police oversight in Ontario with the government’s review of the three civilian oversight agencies; impending changes to the Police […]

by aanationtalk on March 23, 201724 Views

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MMIWG: Does Standing Apply to You?

Listen Here (20/03/17) NT5

by aanationtalk on March 23, 201717 Views

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Ground breaking for new Fort Smith women’s correctional unit – CBC

Safety at the current facility was criticised by auditor general Mar 23, 2017 Crews building a new $35 million women’s unit at the Fort Smith Correctional Complex will break ground today. The current women’s facility is about 50 years old and houses 20 inmates. Two years ago, an auditor general’s report gave the facility a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201716 Views

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Canada: Concern that Federal Budget does not mention Human Rights Ombudsperson

March 22, 2017 The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), of which Amnesty International Canada is a member, is concerned and disappointed that the 2017 federal budget failed to announce the creation of a human rights ombudsperson for the extractive sector. Communities, workers, and indigenous peoples outside of Canada whose human rights are impacted by […]

by pmnationtalk on March 23, 201712 Views

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Reach out to entire community to end racism – Tbnewswatch.com

Former Truth and Reconciliation Commission member says engaging with the community and working with Indigenous people will lead to success down the road. THUNDER BAY – Marie Wilson is challenging Canadians to take a long, hard look at the 94 calls to action put forth two years ago by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Wilson, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201715 Views

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Where are you?’: Christine Wood’s parents still searching after 7 months – CBC

Family prepares to renew search for Christine Wood, last seen in Winnipeg last August Mar 23, 2017 For 216 days straight, Melinda Wood has sent her daughter Christine a text message. Each time, she’s reminded of the harsh reality: there’s a good chance she will never get a reply. “I’m always asking, ‘Where are you?’” […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201715 Views

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Coroner’s jury wants better mental health support for Vancouver transit police – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 22, 2017 BURNABY, B.C. _ A coroner’s jury is recommending that transit police in the Vancouver area work more closely with mental health providers following the death of a man who repeatedly stabbed himself and was shot by an officer at a grocery store more than two years ago. Naverone Woods, 23, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 201717 Views

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Low number of register cases prompts ONWA to offer help linking families with the Inquiry

March 22, 2017 The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has restated a commitment to serve as a point of contact for families who wish to speak to the National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry following a revelation that less than 10% of the names of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 201719 Views

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Finding Solutions: Improving the Reporting, Charging and Prosecution of Sexual Assaults against Adults (Speech)

From Department of Justice Canada Notes for an address by The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, QC, MP Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada To the Justice Canada Knowledge Exchange 2017: The criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault against adults Hilton Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, QC: March 8, 2017 As Delivered Good morning, everyone. Gilakas’la, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 201727 Views

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Indigenous voice’ added to Thunder Bay police board – CBC

Serenity Perry has special interest in addressing issues affecting Indigenous women, children Mar 22, 2017 A member of Fort William First Nation, was introduced Tuesday as the new Indigenous Resource Person on the Thunder Bay Police Services Board. “I think it’s really important to have an Indigenous voice on this board and I really want […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 201714 Views

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Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has just 122 names registered – CBC

Putting onus on families to register is ‘problematic,’ says advocate Mar 21, 2017 Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are concerned about how the commission overseeing a long-awaited national inquiry is collecting names for its database. To date, there are just 122 family members’ names in the commission’s database, despite other databases […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 201714 Views

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Domestic violence supports boosted in rural and remote communities

March 21, 2017 VICTORIA – As part of the Provincial Domestic Violence Plan, the Province is investing more than $1.5 million to continue to expand and strengthen supports for those affected by domestic violence in B.C. BC Housing will receive $250,000 to help with transportation costs for women and children fleeing violence to gain access […]

by pmnationtalk on March 21, 201738 Views

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