The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is disappointed that the $724.1-million fund allocated to supporting Indigenous women and girls facing gender-based violence is still sitting, vastly underutilized, while First Nations women are experiencing increased rates of violence.
First Nations women are severely impacted by the lack of access to resources to address poverty and homelessness, violence and discrimination, and domestic violence. The AMC has tried to seek funding and work with Canada to offer more support for unsheltered women. However, critical supports, such as providing access to safe emergency housing, are urgently needed.
EMCS student Lily Schaefer speaks at the unveiling of Red Dress art pieces at her school on “Vancouver Island.” Photo courtesy of Kristi Schaefer
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