The Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women initiated and hosted the landmark event, the Policy Forum on Aboriginal Women and Violence: Building Safe and Healthy Communities, in Ottawa on March 27-28, 2006. This forum brought together more than 250 delegates representing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations, plus advocates, policy-makers, and FPT officials. Status of Women Canada partnered in funding the forum with the Department of Justice, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.
The forum provided an opportunity for participants to explore ways to build their individual capacity and to take collective or individual action to prevent and address violence against Aboriginal women. In the case of FPT representatives, it also raised awareness of the issue of violence against Aboriginal women and the effects of various policies. The forum created a dialogue on policy and program initiatives between government officials and Aboriginal women's organizations, promoted the sharing of promising practices on violence prevention, and showcased programs and services from across the country that are making a difference.
The forum informed the planning for both the National Aboriginal Women's Summit which took place in June 2007, and the action plans of the FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women, confirmed in July 2007.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Canada to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2008