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Projects will address violence against Indigenous women, girls

The territorial Prevention and Aboriginal Women Fund is providing $150,000 for projects addressing and preventing violence against Indigenous women and girls.

By Whitehorse Star on August 9, 2022

The territorial Prevention and Aboriginal Women Fund is providing $150,000 for projects addressing and preventing violence against Indigenous women and girls.

The money is going to the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN), Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Carcross-Tagish First Nation (CTFN) and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN), it was announced today.

All four projects will will pursue various initiatives, including creating safe spaces, healing and cultural integration.

Funded projects align with Changing the Story to Upholding Dignity and Justice: Yukon’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Strategy, notably Pillar 1: Strengthening Connections and Support.

Here is a breakdown of the initiatives:

• CAFN – Women's Circles for Connection in Haines Junction – 2022–24 – $50,000.

The two-year project will consist of weekly women’s circles in Haines Junction.

Each evening includes facilitated programming to focus on mind, body, spirit, social and emotional aspects of participants.

This includes hands-on skills such as harvesting, healthy cooking, cultural arts and traditional skills.

The program provides a place for Indigenous women to come together, share challenges, enjoy the warmth of community, learn and share new skills, build trust and increase communication between the women of the community.

• Skookum Jim Friendship Centre – Women of Wisdom – 2022–24 – $50,000.

The two-year project will consist of bimonthly sessions and an annual on-the-land camp.

The project works to prevent violence against Aboriginal women by creating safe and supportive spaces to engage participants in self-reflective, culturally relevant and gender-specific teachings.

The objective is to cultivate resiliency and autonomy in all women.

All sessions involve aspects of educational awareness, skill-building, elder teachings, peer support and capacity building.

• CTFN – Auntie’s Camp – 2022–23 – $25,000

This one-year project is an on-the-land women’s camp that will create a safe space for women to gather, connect with culture and build positive relationships within the community.

Aunties play a very important cultural role as they are women who are involved in the care, teaching, support and love of the community’s children and youth.

The camp will focus on reclaiming cultural activities, the transmission of traditional knowledge, building connections, and revitalizing healing and peacemaking circles for family and community support.

• Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation – Gwitch’in – 2022–23- $25,000.

The one-year project will create a safe space for Gwitchin women living in Whitehorse to come together to connect with each other and their culture.

There will be workshops, cultural activities, information about local supports and access to elders and counsellors.

There will be approximately 11 sessions with a focus on a variety of topics including safety, prevention of violence, and local supports.

The Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund is administered through the territorial Women and Gender Equity Directorate.

Projects are assessed by an independent adjudication panel comprised of Indigenous women.

“By working with First Nation governments and community partners, we are better addressing and preventing violence against Indigenous women and girls,” said Jeanie McLean, the minister responsible for the directorate.

“These projects will create culturally safe programming across the territory that will work to end violence against Indigenous women and girls and help them feel safer in our communities.

The fund was developed in 2004 to provide financial support to Indigenous women’s organizations, registered societies and First Nation governments in recognition that Indigenous women and girls experience disproportionate rates of violence.

Applicants can apply for up to $25,000 for a one-year project or $50,000 for a two-year project.

Comments (18)

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Groucho d'North on Aug 13, 2022 at 8:40 am

"Excuse me, there's a moose in the room."

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MITCH on Aug 12, 2022 at 4:05 pm

@ Nathan - Are you sure about that? It's just a liberal cash drop to buy votes, how many times has the Yukon received grants like this vs. can we track the improvement? If you cause widespread poverty and insolvency, do you think a couple grants makes up for it? Canada has some of the highest common law residencies in the world, people stay together to keep their housing. I know, I survived it. Domestic issues, while in part, are attributed to behaviour issues (in both genders and more) economics is also a huge driver. Something to consider in racism, sexism, and all other forms of ism under the classism umbrella. The last one, classism, is the only one that matters and the only one they can never solve, so que grants. Grants don't keep missing women out of the river. Police with courage behind their badges do. That is conspicuously absent in Canada.

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Nathan Living on Aug 11, 2022 at 6:10 pm

This cannot hurt and may set some women on a healthy healing path.

Anways nice to get away from violence and an unhealthy environment.

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MITCH on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:42 pm

Jesus H ,Mike - well articulated! What is this no faith clause of which you speak and how do we go about getting a lot of people to put their opinion to a signature? Let's all go down there and get the free lunch owed us for our coerced participation in partisan, socially judicial failure.

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Mike on Aug 11, 2022 at 10:53 am

These Grant's will solve ZERO violence against women. ZERO because the justice system in this Territory seems to think that their catch and release issue is working when we as a society look scratch our heads throw our arms in the air and wonder whose driving the bus here.
There is no way that a two time convicted anything should be out on a promise to appear there is zero enforcement on no contact orders. The courts have left it to the victims of violence to report everyone the accused is released and breached that condition.
Now let me ask you how many beaten and abused women will keep calling when they trusted the courts to do their job yet failed the victim. The hypocrisy is astonishing that the same government that promotes soft on crime throws tax payers money at societies to solve their problems. The LIBERALS and NDP have no plan no clue and are out of touch with reality.
This year I'll subcontract and not pay any taxes to this corrupt one agenda government. I and many others should file a no faith clause against our presiding government. It is their policies and laws that have created and enabled this behavior and many others. Think I'll head down to the government funded crack house AKA the shelter have a free meal and stare into the eyes of sex offenders, drug dealers, pedophiles and just low life zero consideration for our Territory or its laws and give thanks that in no way am I responsible for this nonsense.

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MITCH on Aug 11, 2022 at 9:15 am

Jack. E - It is your attitude that will get more women hurt, not anyone elses.

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drum on Aug 10, 2022 at 5:46 pm

What about the women that were abused by their spouses who did not have anywhere to go? it is not only Indiginous Women who suffer abuse and murder from friends, partners and people known to them. It is known to all women.

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Jack be nimble, Jack be not so quick… on Aug 10, 2022 at 5:18 pm

In response to Jack E. on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:27 pm:

Please explain how these comments are disgusting.
I think know it all has a point - Every crime should be public news.

Because it appears that your comment is not only disgusting but without thought displaying a level of narcissistic entitlement - My opinion matters yours does not therefore I’m right and you are wrong.
What next? A few choruses of, “I know you are but what am I?”

Mr. Facts is correct - Why is there ongoing, unchecked female privilege while men continue to be thrust out onto the frontlines to be sacrificed?

JJ is correct - This should be more inclusive.

Good point is also correct that there should be more programs to support aboriginal men to be better ‘men’ but this should not be just an aboriginal issue.

Bonanzajoe and Bingo raise legitimate concerns about large sums of money amounting to nothing - I don’t care how traumatized you are - Don’t hit or sexually assault others.

Victims are bad people has a good point too - The Courts, judges, lawyers, politicians, Social Workers created and reinforced the Residential School system through law, policy, procedure - Going so far as to jail, track down and capture, and firing or ruining the lives of aboriginal persons and their supporters.

So, Jack E. - Go get stuffed. We are tired of being manipulated, gaslighted, called raycist, misogynistic etc. while the plain truth of the matter is that this whole mess was created by the politico asses sitting in power.

Here we see a common front for Indigenous and Caucasian men alike - To call out misandrogeny wherever it exists!
Your position is one that paints all men with the same brush - We need to be anti-misandrogenous. You and your ilk are killing ‘men’.

I wonder when you will become aware of your own ignorance - Wake up and smell the coffee!

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TheHammer on Aug 10, 2022 at 4:06 pm

Women commit violence against women. That's a fact. 99% of American movies are about violence, that's a fact. Violence is erupting all over the globe, that's a fact. Money is needed to finance educational programs aimed at reducing violence. Confrontation with individuals who promote slander and conflict in FN communities seems to be a massive non event.

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Al on Aug 10, 2022 at 2:09 pm

So think on this, please.

What is wrong with this initiative and many others like this? What is wrong is that it is gender specific. OK, so what you may say. Fom what we are told it is women who more often than not that are the abused in the family. I am not going to argue, or even debate, percentiles on the who or the gender in violence. I will let others diddle away at that.

Our focus needs to be about violence in the family, relationships, among people in general in its' totality. Not gender specific - that is simply not going to look to seek solutions, or bring out in the open all forms of violence which includes genders, children abuse, senior abuse, abuse by children on children and adults by children, a total lack of regard for even pets who are often used as an object of rage (because with an animal one can get with the abuse completely), neighbours, well I suspect you can add I am sure many others groups and or individuals in the public, road rage and also including those in the service industries who are abused.

If we are going to get to the nub of the issues then we need to broaden the audience of education to include the whole community - not pick and choose who the victims are. We need to understand that abuse may not just be physical but may include verbal - physiological. The later is far more excessive than physical.

Every time we discriminate groups of people from the narrative then we are no where close to resolving what is happening. Scrap this initiative and for once look beyond your narrow vision are really try to have an impact on violence within the community.

I will lay odds that what I have laid out will fall on deaf ears. Why? It is simple, those that advocate gender bias are they themselves, not only narrow minded, but worse doing nothing to resolve the issues stated. Instead of being reactive, why not be proactive. We just may get off our butts and comfort zone and confront what we as a society not only try to hide but condone by our silence.

It may not happen over night but at least we will be honest with ourselves. Oh, one more thing. If we as a community choose to go this route let's avoid finger pointing and also just keep a very complex problem simplified. In other words keep the do-gooders and air-heads out of the picture, please. They only muddy the waters and dampen discussion.

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Jack E. on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Not surprising. Same disgusting comments from the usual suspects. If nothing else, they are consistent. Must be a lot of comfort in their ignorance.

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Victims are bad people… on Aug 10, 2022 at 12:51 pm

In response to - Know it all on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:54 am:

There are no rapes and assaults in the Yukon - According to the Yukon Courts there are just ‘uninvited’ guests. ConVince me La ne’er-do-well says the Court…

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Know it all on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:54 am

Maybe they should start putting this stuff in the news . All the abuse and all the rape they throw under the rug here in the Yukon is disgusting.

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Good point Mr. Facts on Aug 9, 2022 at 11:21 pm

Yes, the men need money to learn how not to beat up women.

This money is to reduce violence against Aboriginal women, and I too thought they should address the men in these communities who are perpetuating the violence., as well as bolstering the women's self confidence and connection with each other.

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bingo on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:59 pm

Has anybody...anybody.... tallied up the amount of monies that have been thrown at such ventures over the past 20 year...I assure you the number would be astounding. Has it made a difference?

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bonanzajoe on Aug 9, 2022 at 8:38 pm

Well, here we go again, another reconciliation program.

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 9, 2022 at 8:29 pm

So.. we'll look under the bus for White, Black, Latino, Asian women and girls? I'd be pretty supportive of this if it was "inclusive' of all females of any age.

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Mr Facts on Aug 9, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Fantastic. When can we expect any money for Men? *crickets*

"Gender Equity Directorate"

"We define gender equity as the fair treatment of women and men according to their respective needs. This includes treatment considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities. "


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