AB Government: Addressing gender-based violence against Indigenous people

Press Release

More than $500,000 in grants will support a range of approaches to help stem the ongoing crisis of violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit+ people.

Alberta government funding to Indigenous organizations across the province will provide healing and support for survivors, families and the loved ones of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

Funding will also be directed at improving engagement and coordination between Indigenous communities and law enforcement agencies. One grant will enhance the Aboriginal Alert system and help create more awareness of this important service.

“Violence against Indigenous women and girls is a complex problem that demands a multi-faceted response. The Alberta government is proud to support these organizations as part of our effort to increase the safety and security of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit+ people.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“Awo Taan Healing Lodge is committed to ending all forms of violence against Indigenous people, as we remain focused on the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry. Alberta’s government is a vital partner with the support of grant dollars to enable this work. By walking a shared path of reconciliation with Calgary Police Services, we intend to address Call of Justice 9.2 (ii). We are very thankful to Alberta’s government for the ongoing work on this issue and commitment to a safer Alberta for Indigenous people.”

Josie Nepinak, Executive Director, Awo Taan Healing Lodge

Improving coordination with police services is one way organizations will help Indigenous women feel more secure and prevent potential abuse. The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society will use its $70,000 grant to enhance communication between Indigenous families and the Calgary Police Service.

“ANFCA is thankful for the funding from the ministry to support four Friendship Centres that support Indigenous women and the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This is a beginning, in partnership with the provincial government, to address the pervasive and ongoing gender-based violence against Indigenous women, girls and our 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples through this funding.”

Len Morissette, President, Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association (ANFCA)

Programs grounded in culture and led by Indigenous providers can provide an added level of support for survivors and families and help reduce cycles of violence. The Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association is receiving $200,000 to provide local community support to women and families who have been affected by violence.

Quick facts

  • In addition to the organizations outlined above:
    • Four Winds & Associates will receive $100,000 to help improve the functionality of the Aboriginal Alert system across multiple platforms, continue to build partnerships with law enforcement agencies and broadcasters, and increase public awareness of the service.
    • The Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth has been granted $70,000 to provide programming to Indigenous girls and gender diverse youth aged 15 to 21 to help combat gender-based violence.
    • The Athabasca Tribal Council is getting $70,000 to support community gatherings, healing circles and coordination with the RCMP and other agencies that respond to emergencies.
  • These grants have been funded through Alberta’s 2021 budget.
    • Budget 2022 also includes nearly $1 million for initiatives to support the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The allocation of this funding will be determined throughout the fiscal year.

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