Government of Canada

Government of Canada

September 28, 2010 10:55 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Prairie Spirit Connections

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for Prairie Spirit Connections.

This investment will support Phase II of the Mending the Family Circle project, which provides low-income Aboriginal women affected by domestic violence with programming to help them and their families rebuild their lives. Some of the activities offered include sharing/healing circles and family dynamic and self-care workshops.

This funding will also help strengthen the organization's capacity through a series of leadership development sessions facilitated by a professional consultant. The board development training will be offered as a five-day workshop and will cover governance topics for not-for-profit organizations, such as financial management, marketing, and strategic planning.

"Our Government is proud to support organizations that address issues faced by Aboriginal women and their families," said Minister Moore. "This investment will enhance and develop strong leadership capabilities so that Aboriginal women can play a central role in their own communities, as well as participate effectively in Canadian society."

"Prairie Spirit Connections offers invaluable support and services to the community," said Mr. Boughen. "We are extremely proud to offer this assistance and wish them all the best as they continue their important work."

"Prairie Spirit Connections is grateful to receive this support from the Government of Canada," said Denise Desjarlais, Executive Director of Prairie Spirit Connections. "This funding will allow us to continue our invaluable work with Aboriginal women in the community."

Prairie Spirit Connections provides culturally sensitive programming to the urban Aboriginal community in Regina. Its mandate is to assist Aboriginal people in their healing process by providing a safe and nurturing environment for participants to reconnect to traditional teachings. The organization helps Aboriginal families get their lives back on track and become more active participants in shaping their future.

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $43,815 through the Women's Community Initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Women's Program. 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 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
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-899-8611
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations