Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 09, 2010 11:40 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Women's Association of Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced funding for the Aboriginal Women's Association of Prince Edward Island (AWAPEI) to pursue its Awakening Our True Spirit project.

Through this 10-month project, Aboriginal women and girls of Prince Edward Island will have access to an education and skills development program designed to strengthen their cultural identity and address issues affecting them and their families.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Awakening Our True Spirit project," said Minister Moore. "Many Aboriginal women living in this province and across Canada experience low economic status and high rates of violence and crime. Through this project, Aboriginal women here will be able to empower themselves and obtain the tools and support they need to move forward."

"This is a very important initiative for Aboriginal women and girls of Prince Edward Island," said Minister Shea. "This project will help them preserve their cultural identity and improve the social and economic conditions of their communities. With this project, we want to encourage women to become effective leaders and active participants in society."

The Awakening Our True Spirit project, which focuses on education and skills development, will include a series of activities and workshops held in Charlottetown and on Prince Edward Island's two reserves. These activities and workshops will be developed in consultation with the Aboriginal community and will be designed to make a real and positive difference in Aboriginal women's lives.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $25,000 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 under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations