Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 16, 2010 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Dryden Aboriginal Women's Resource Centre

DRYDEN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Greg Rickford, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Kenora), today announced funding for the Dryden Aboriginal Women's Resource Centre.

This funding will support the Centre's Aboriginal Community Workshops for women and youth, with topics ranging from traditional teachings and cultural heritage to self-awareness, parenting skills, and family violence. The workshops will take place in Dryden, where the Resource Centre has been in operation since 1972.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the important work being done by the Dryden Aboriginal Women's Resource Centre," said Minister Moore. "By empowering participants with knowledge and skills, the Centre is promoting community economic and cultural stability for generations to come."

"I have visited and worked with the Centre and am delighted to provide funding for such an essential project," said Mr. Rickford. "The Dryden Aboriginal Women's Resource Centre offers invaluable support and services to the community, and we are extremely proud to help them in their endeavours."

"We are extremely pleased to receive this funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage Aboriginal People's Program," said Millie Flamand, President, Dryden Aboriginal Women's Resource Centre. "On behalf of the Centre and its Board of Directors, thank you for helping us to carry out our project and enabling us to offer this invaluable series of Aboriginal workshops to our community."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $40,227 through the Aboriginal Women's Community Initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This initiative enables Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation, and decision making that affect their 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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