Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 13, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Finding Peace Project

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament (Edmonton East), today announced funding for the Finding Peace Project Ad Hoc Committee of the Ben Calf Robe Society to support the Understanding the Roots of Violence project, which is one element of the larger Finding Peace Project.

This project will assist women who experience the impact of violence in their life. The project uses the traditional Medicine Wheel approach, which places emphasis on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual connection to the self, the family, and the community. A series of workshops aims to help women recognize the signs and methods of abuse and take action to end it.

"Our Government is proud to support an organization that fights violence against women, while supporting and enhancing the leadership of Aboriginal women in society," said Minister Moore. "This support is another example of our Government's action to prevent and eliminate violence and to help Aboriginal women who are making decisions that directly impact their lives."

"I am pleased that our Government recognizes the importance of empowering Aboriginal women to improve the quality of their lives," said Mr. Goldring. "This Finding Peace Project will contribute to an important change in the well-being of women, their families, and their communities."

"I am proud of our Government's support for this worthwhile project, which provides women with tools to end violence in their lives," said the Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women). "Through this initiative, the Finding Peace Project will help build confidence and leadership skills among Aboriginal women."

"We are very pleased to receive support from the Government of Canada for the Finding Peace Project," said Pat Dellaire, Executive Director of the Ben Calf Robe Society. "As a not-for-profit organization, we are continually seeking funds for our specialized programming to meet the needs of our population. On behalf of the staff and Board of Ben Calf Robe Society, we sincerely thank you for your contribution to this program."

The Finding Peace Project Ad Hoc Committee is made up of Aboriginal women and is a part of the Ben Calf Robe Society. The mandate of the Committee is to examine and address issues of violence in immediate and extended Aboriginal families, as well as to research and develop holistic and culturally appropriate responses to family violence.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $24,000 under the Aboriginal Women's Program ( of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This initiative enables Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation, and decision making that affect the social, cultural, economic, and political well-being in their communities and in Canadian society. It includes a component to address issues around family violence and a self-government initiative to support the full participation of Aboriginal women in consultations and decision-making processes.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations