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Eagle’s Nest celebrates reopening – Rocky Mountain Outlook
by ahnationtalk onMay 18, 201787 Views
May 18, 2017
Aboriginal women and children fleeing family violence in Stoney Nation have a safe place to go again, after the reopening of the Eagle’s Nest Stoney Family Shelter.
“It feels wonderful,” said elder Tina Fox, who attended the reopening ceremony last week. “I feel so relieved for the women.”
The shelter has been closed for the past two years due to renovations. As a result, Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley women and families were referred to emergency and women’s shelters in Calgary.
“Family violence isn’t a good thing and it happens everywhere, not just in our community,” said Darcy Dixon, Bearspaw Chief. “This is the right step for the future.”
The idea to build a shelter started long before the official inaugural opening in the early ’90s, Fox explained at the ceremony, but the original board of directors ran into problems trying to convince the Alberta government to fund the project.