Marci Ien

Addressing gender-based violence

eAwaz Local News

OttawaThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls highlighted the underlying systemic causes of ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for victims seeking help and the frontline organizations that support them.

Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, is launching a call for proposals to increase the capacity of Indigenous and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations in Canada to provide GBV prevention services and supports to address the disproportionate rates of GBV in these communities. The funding stems from the Budget 2021 announcement of $55 million and will help organizations increase their ability to prevent and address the root causes of GBV.

Violence in all its forms is unacceptable. The Government of Canada will continue supporting frontline organizations to ensure the safety and full participation of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in all aspects of society.

To find out more information and to submit an application to the call for proposals, visit our website.