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Province adds funding for First Nations support

The province has money for communities and organizations working to address the violence, safety and economic security of Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people.

The Community Support Fund provides grants for community-based, Indigenous-led initiatives that address violence and increase safety and economic security for these groups.

“Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people deserve to live in safety and security, free from violence,” Indigenous Relations, Minister Rick Wilson said.

“We are working towards supporting Indigenous-led initiatives that can advance reconciliation and make a meaningful difference in their lives.”

The Community Support Fund will award up to $4-million in grants each year.

Recipients can receive a maximum of $200,000 towards their initiatives.

The Community Support Fund will provide immediate support for healing, preventing violence and addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people.

Community Support Fund recipients must partner with Indigenous organizations, communities and governments on projects and initiatives and the initiatives must align with actions under the pathways in the Alberta Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Roadmap.

Examples of eligible projects include projects or initiatives that:

  • Support families, survivors and loved ones of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people on their path to healing.
  • Promote public awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people issues.
  • Develop strategies and initiatives that increase individual and community safety.
  • Address factors related to economic security.

“As the Premier’s Council advances collaborative work with the government of Alberta, this dedicated ongoing funding is important for Indigenous-led projects to support Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ peoples,” said Rachelle Venne, chair of the Premier’s Council on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. “I commend the province for taking the initiative on this grant program.”

First Nations, Metis and Inuit women face significantly higher rates of violence throughout their lifetimes than all other women in Canada.

In Alberta, Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered, three times more likely to experience sexual assault, and twice as likely to be assaulted compared with non-Indigenous women.

In 2021, Alberta had the second-highest reports of homicide for Indigenous people behind Saskatchewan.

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