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Preventing Domestic Violence In Aboriginal Communities
McGuinty Government Keeping Aboriginal Women Safer
TORONTO, April 24 – Ontario is launching a new campaign to help Aboriginal communities take action on domestic violence. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the signs of woman abuse in Aboriginal communities, so that people who are close to an at-risk woman or abusive man can provide support. This campaign has been adapted from the Neighbours, Friends and Families (http://www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.ca/) campaign to reflect a traditional and cultural approach to community healing and wellness.
(http://www.kanawayhitowin.ca/index.php), “Taking Care of Each Other’s Spirit”, is based on traditional Aboriginal teachings and was developed by and for Aboriginal peoples with the support of a $476,000 grant from the Ontario government. The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres is rolling out the campaign in Aboriginal communities across the province. The campaign includes:
Kanawayhitowin is part of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Action Plan (http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd/english/resources/publications/domestic)
“Domestic violence is not a private matter. Everyone has a role in stopping abuse,” said Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues Deb Matthews (http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd/english/about/minister/).
“Education is the first step towards ending the abuse,” said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant (http://www.aboriginalaffairs.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm). “Supporting this program means we are giving those around First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, the tools to help them end the cycle of violence.”
“Kanawayhitowin will help the Aboriginal community to begin to learn the warning signs and develop the words to begin to address this serious issue in our communities,” said Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. “We are truly grateful to work with the Ontario government as partners – but more important as neighbours, friends and family.”
Find out how your community can get involved (http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd/english/resources/education/nff/).
Learn more about what the government is doing to prevent violence against women (http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd/english/).
For further information: Kevin Spafford, Minister’s Office, (416) 212-7159; Donna Piasentini, Communications, (416) 314-7012
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