New federal funding strengthens the economic security and prosperity of Indigenous women

SASKATOON, July 30, 2018 /CNW/ – The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, has announced more than $4.3 million in funding for projects that advance Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity across Canada, including projects taking place in Saskatchewan.

“When we invest in women, we strengthen our economy and our communities for everyone,” stated Minister Monsef. “By funding organizations that address the very real barriers that Indigenous women face, we are ensuring that all women have an equal and fair chance at success. It’s not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Indigenous women have the talent, leadership and ingenuity to inspire positive change and that is why the Government of Canada is proud to support projects like these.”

Minister Monsef was joined on July 30, 2018, by representatives from the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan and the Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc., which are receiving funding under this call for proposals. The Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan has been awarded $304,950 for a project that aims to develop an Indigenous Women’s Economic Framework with local business and economic partners through engagement with Indigenous women and local stakeholders.

“Through this funding, our organization will be able to continue building support, trust and strong leadership at the community level,” remarked Nathan Favel, President of the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan. “We are excited to launch this project to address barriers and find ways to best support women’s economic security and prosperity.”

The Prince Albert Métis Women Association Inc. is receiving $255,844 for a project to identify and respond to barriers affecting the economic security of vulnerable women in Central and Northern Saskatchewan using research, best practices and capacity building.

“This partnership with the federal government will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable women and their families in Central and Northern Saskatchewan,” noted DarleneMcKay, President of the PA Metis Women Associtaion.  “By collaborating with key stakeholders, we will be able to find and implement solutions to increase economic security for Métis women in Saskatchewan.”

Fourteen projects from coast to coast to coast will receive funding through the call for proposals Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women which was launched last fall. Other projects related to this call for proposals will be announced in the coming months.

Quick Facts

  • As many Indigenous women are raising families while going to school, better access to child care and subsidized housing would help support them and their families.
  • RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost the level of Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 per cent.
  • McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for all women—such as employing more women in technology and boosting women’s participation in the workforce—Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.
  • The Indigenous population is growing at four times the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians and represents an enormous pool of talent. As part of this cohort, Indigenous women play a vital role in our economy and have outstanding potential for growth.
  • The 2016 Census indicated that there were 860,265 Indigenous women and girls in Canada. These women were more likely than Indigenous men to have a university degree. They were also the majority owners of more than one quarter of all Indigenous SMEs in Canada according to the 2014 Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • Projects are being funded through the call for proposals, Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women, which was announced in October 2017.
  • Economic security and prosperity is composed of basic social security, defined by access to basic needs such as health, education and housing on a long-term basis.
  • The Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada supports eligible organizations to carry out projects to advance equality by addressing systemic barriers.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Inuit, First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The focus is on building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

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