In December 2005, the Government announced funding for a Special Violence Prevention Fund for Aboriginal women and children in Newfoundland and Labrador to help prevent violence and provide services to victims of violence in their communities. The projects included:
•The Labrador Inuit Health Commission, Hopedale Community Day Treatment Program – Funding enabled the group to facilitate a five-week addictions program within the community. In the past, individuals had to leave the community to receive treatment.
• Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, Aboriginal Women’s Retreat on Violence Prevention – This project aimed to increase awareness of violence among Innu women. The retreat trained frontline workers, Band employees and other women from the community on the different kinds of violence, signs and symptoms of violence and how and where to get help when in a violent situation.
• Federation of Newfoundland Indians, Walking the Prevention Circle for Aboriginal Women and Children – Eighteen participants from local Bands received the three-day training on types of abuse and neglect, the indicators and effects on children, and the actions that can work to prevent abuse and neglect at individual, organizational and community levels.
• Conne River Health and Social Services – Miawpukek First Nation, Creating a Place to Hear our Women and Children – With the support from the Violence Prevention Initiative, this group was able to create an accessible space to implement programming to support violence prevention of Aboriginal women and children, which provided a place for a community support worker to meet with youth, providing programming and support for victims of abuse or violent crimes.
Source of Information
CEDAW/C/CAN/7, para. 150