Culturally relevant projects will promote healthy relationships and gender equality to students
THUNDER BAY, ON, April 17, 2019 /CNW/ - It is important for youth to learn about healthy relationships and ways to prevent gender-based violence in ways that are culturally relevant and reflect their community and environment. Some populations are more likely to experience
Today, the Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, highlighted the Government's continued support to end gender-based violence by announcing nearly $3 million in funding over five years to support three initiatives aimed at preventing teen and youth dating violence.
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) and Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. are receiving funding to promote healthy relationships and gender equality through projects that will be created or adapted specifically for rural and Indigenous communities.
Minister Hajdu made the announcement while meeting with the project leads and partners of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit project as she toured its centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Funding for these projects is provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
"The Government of Canada knows that, to be successful, programs to prevent teen dating violence must first resonate with youth. I am pleased to announce this funding to Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Ndinawe and Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. to help them create or adapt programs to promote healthy relationships and gender equality that incorporate the cultural and social aspects of the communities in which they will be delivered." The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor Minister of Health
"Ending gender-based violence is crucial if we are serious about ensuring that everyone has an equal and fair chance at success; that means investing in projects aimed at those who are especially at risk. By supporting these three organizations, we are ensuring that Indigenous youth have access to programming on teen and youth dating violence that is empowering, culturally relevant and responsive, and that will provide them with the skills and knowledge to prevent gender-based violence and build positive, healthy relationships." The Honourable Maryam Monsef Minister for Women and Gender Equality and International Development
"People who have experienced violence often live with trauma that affects their lives in profoundly negative and long lasting ways. Teaching youth about healthy relationships is an effective way to reduce teen and dating violence by ensuring youth have the foundational knowledge they need to form healthy relationships. As a former public health professional I know that it is critical to support organizations like these to continue their vital work." The Honourable Patricia Hajdu Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"I am pleased that so many great local initiatives will be receiving funding through the Youth Violence Prevention Project to continue their efforts to promote healthy relationships and gender equality amongst Canadian teens. These investments will support The Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) and Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. in running projects to address this issue that will be created or adapted specifically for rural and Indigenous communities." Don Rusnak Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River
"From a public health perspective, upstream primary prevention initiatives such as the Youth Violence Prevention Project are integral to improving health and wellbeing in communities. We are excited to be coordinating the implementation of a comprehensive school-based program, focused on healthy relationships, targeted to teenagers in the Thunder Bay District. We value the commitment of our many local and provincial partners to this evidenced-based program and to their participation in adapting and delivering it in our Northern context. Our combined experience and a formal evaluation of this initiative will inform future interventions and ensure the long term sustainability of this work." Dr. Janet DeMille Medical Officer of Health, Thunder Bay District Health Unit
"Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad is honoured to have received funding from the Government of Canada to develop and design an Indigenized teen dating violence prevention program within our community. Ndinawe offers a variety of programs and supports to youth in the North End of Winnipeg and this funding will allow us to create a program for our youth that promotes healthy relationships throughout their lives." Kayla Stubbs Director of Innovation, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc (Ndinawe)
"This project will utilize a strength-based approach, including cultural reclamation and connectivity as a pathway to breaking down barriers and stereotypes, enhancing youth confidence and leadership and increasing capacity for making personal change within a "Culture as Prevention" philosophy. There is no better time than now to focus on Youth Dating Violence Prevention in helping to build resistance and skills for transformational change towards healthy lifestyle outlooks for Indigenous youth." Dodie Jordaan Executive Director, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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