Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 07, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Metis Child and Family Services Society

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, today announced funding for the Métis Child and Family Services Society.

This funding will allow the Society's Ad-Hoc Committee to deliver the Community Outreach Support project, which is designed to provide support to Aboriginal women with high-risk lifestyles. By conducting community outreach to engage clientele and strengthen relationships, the project will divert women living high-risk lives by referring them to addictions treatment centres, medical services, housing, financial services, and counselling support.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping Aboriginal women gain the skills they need to achieve their goals," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support organizations that help Aboriginal women move forward toward a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities."

"It is important to recognize the value of these kinds of initiatives, and I am pleased that our Government is supporting the Métis Child and Family Services Society," said Mr. Hawn. "This project will help Aboriginal women exit high-risk lifestyles and become productive members of the community."

"Over the last five years, this program has provided support to Aboriginal women who are transitioning to a better way of life, based on a harm-reduction model, as well as mutual trust and respect," said Don Langford, Executive Director of the Métis Child and Family Services Society. "The outreach workers provide support in obtaining services such as housing, medical services, detoxification, treatment for addictions, and support in working with the justice system."

Since 1984, the Métis Child and Family Services Society has worked as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of Aboriginal children and families by building the capacity of the Métis community through culturally sensitive and appropriate services and programs.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $20,573 through the Women's Community Initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Women's Programming. 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.)

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