Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 14, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Native Women's Transition Centre

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), today announced funding for the Native Women's Transition Centre (NWTC) for its project Expanding the Capacity to Serve.

This funding will enable the Centre to provide front-line workers from sister agencies with training to assist them in responding more effectively to clients affected by domestic violence and trauma. NWTC staff will also be offered training sessions to help them deal with the impact of listening to the traumatic experiences of their clients. In addition, traditional sharing circles will be offered on a monthly basis to Aboriginal women clients who have been subjected to domestic violence.

"Our Government is committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal women in Canada," said Minister Moore. "That is why we support community-based projects such as this one, which provide organizations with the tools required to address the issue of family and related violence within Aboriginal families in a culturally relevant way."

"As a result of this investment, professional helpers and workers from eight service agencies will receive specialized training that will increase their capacity to better support victimized Aboriginal women," said Mrs. Glover. "The support provided by the Native Women's Transition Centre is crucial to helping women and their families overcome the impact of domestic violence and participate fully in the community."

"The Native Women's Transition Centre welcomes the funding provided by Canadian Heritage. The resources will enable us to deliver our Expanding the Capacity to Serve Initiative, a culturally relevant form of training," said Lucille Bruce, Executive Director of NWTC. "This will allow us to build capacity and better understand the impact of intergenerational trauma, vicarious trauma, and lateral violence on individuals, relationships, families, and helpers."

The Native Women's Transition Centre is a not-for-profit Aboriginal women's organization based in Winnipeg. It works to support and strengthen Aboriginal women and mothers on their journey of healing and recovery from family violence. Since opening its doors in 1979, NWTC has offered a safe place for thousands of women and children.

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $43,225 through the Aboriginal Women's Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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 Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Director - Regional Communications
    Tel.: 204-983-4367 or Cell: 204-899-8611
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations