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Domestic violence funds

The provincial government is providing approximately $135,000 to support new culture-based domestic violence programs in two aboriginal communities in the Okanagan.

Approximately $65,000 is being delivered to the Okanagan Indian Band in Vernon for its unique ‘A Canoe Journey’ program, a three-day canoe journey ending at a traditional gathering place to build respectful relationships and work on skills to prevent conflict, abuse and violence.

The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society in Kelowna is receiving $70,000 to establish the ‘Our Family is Sacred’ program for participants to discuss the impacts and trauma of domestic violence and participate in culture-based healing activities.

Aboriginal women and children are more likely than non-aboriginal British Columbians to be directly affected by domestic violence. Aboriginal women are nearly three times more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence than non-aboriginal women.

Successful applicants were chosen by a partnership table comprised of representatives from the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women, the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and the Ministry of Justice.

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