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Lisa Leslie

B.C. Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and
250 213-7724


Aboriginal Domestic Violence Funding Project recipients

New Programs:

Hilye’yu Lelum Friendship Centre (Duncan): $70,000

The Parenting After Violence program aims to help break the cycle of family violence through a parenting course for dads that have perpetrated violence in the past, a drop-in group for dads that offers emotional support and community building, and supported supervised visits with children.

Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child & Family Service Society (Cranbrook): $70,000

The In the Spirit of Peace program integrates experiential therapy and responsive methods and traditions with current therapeutic practice to promote real, lasting and historical change for families impacted by domestic violence.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association (Vancouver): $70,000

The Urban Indigenous Living without Violence Project will deliver training programs to increase the understanding of violence, prevention, and support to address historic and current violence in families’ lives. The programs will address participants from both an offender and recipient perspective.

Musqueam Indian Band (Vancouver): $70,000

The Drumming up Courage program is a locally developed program will focus on prevention and healing needs within our community to address domestic and family violence through a combination of best practices-based education and information-sharing and Musqueam traditional knowledge and values.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre: $70,000

The Awakening the Warrior Woman Within program intends to offer culturally-based programming, which is a community-driven, client-centred model of practice, with qualified Aboriginal facilitators and wisdom keepers. Program participants will have varying degrees of historical and/or current trauma in their lives, including the legacy of residential schools, the Indian Act and child abuse.

Lillooet Friendship Centre: $70,000

The Men Warriors Project will be provided in a safe and supportive environment for 50 to 100 Aboriginal men to participate in culturally-appropriate activities to address domestic violence issues faced by men and youth.

Warriors Against Violence Society (Vancouver): $70,000

The One-on-One Counselling project will provide counselling services in a holistic and culturally-responsive approach that addresses families’ needs in response to domestic violence including prevention, safety, and protection.

Gitxsan Health Society (Hazelton): $68,000

The K’uem good’m gyet (Be a Kind Man with a Good Heart) project will focus on domestic violence prevention through community education and awareness events and in the development and delivery of a men’s support program utilizing the tenets of Gitxsan culture.

Okanagan Indian Band (Vernon): $65,000

In partnership with the Vernon Friendship Centre, a three-day canoe journey will end at a traditional gathering place to build respectful relationships and work on skills to prevent conflict, abuse and violence. Three workshops will also be provided to reinforce connections to land and provide a safe discussion place.

Skeetchestn Indian Band (Kamloops): $70,000

Pathways to a Safe Journey will focus on prevention with workshops to share ideas and experiences and learn about self-awareness and healthy relationships with community members. The project will also provide training in counselling to members of the Band Social Development Team so they can help people dealing with domestic violence.

Carrier Sekani Family Services (Vanderhoof): $70,000

The Family Wellness Warriors Initiative will pilot a men’s program for perpetrators of domestic violence. The program will be delivered using holistic, traditional and local knowledge in order to guide men back to their roles as dignified warriors and protectors of the individual, family and community.

Tk’emlups Te Secwepemc Social Development Department (Kamloops): $70,000

The Gathering Strength project will offer holistic healing and prevention services for individuals and families who have experience domestic violence by addressing the source of issues faced by those involved. The program will teach life skills, financial literacy, including career and goal setting, and offer drug and alcohol counselling for participants.

Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society (Kelowna): $70,000

Our Family is Very Sacred program will provide a safe and easily-accessible venue where participants can discuss domestic violence issues in their lives and strategies looking at ways to heal. A specific program for men will also be developed.

Whe-la-la-U Area Council (Alert Bay): $70,000

The Healthy Relationships will focus on prevention, partnership building, and holistic approaches, as well as working with clients to build individual, couple and family wellness plans.

Han Knakst Tsitxw Society (Lytton): $70,000

The Telling our Stories and Changing the Ending project will address domestic and family violence with all the members of the community though seven components including children and youth, women, men, couples, parents, elders, and community as a whole.

Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre-Houston Friendship Program Office (Smithers): $69,000

The Culture of Peace Project will offer two tiers of service to work toward ending domestic violence experienced by Aboriginal children, youth and families. The first tier will focus on improving the capacity of the existing service providers to respond to domestic violence. The second tier will harness this increased capacity and offer direct service-based cultural responses to community members who are experiencing domestic violence.

Existing Programs:

Yuulu?it?at First Nation (Ucluelet): $25,000

The First Nation Warrior Program will offer a safe space for men to develop their self-identity, express emotion and gather perspectives from trusted connections both physical and spiritual. This space will also give older men and elders an opportunity to influence young men within the community to be the leaders for the future.

Prince George Native Friendship Centre: $24,000

The Community Moose Hide Campaign Program will continue to invite men into a safe and supportive environment to gather and support each other and participate in cultural practices and ceremonies for healing. Moose Hide Campaign workshops and activities that focus on domestic violence prevention will also be provided.

Tsewulhtun Health Centre (Duncan): $25,000

The Turning Stones project focuses on a holistic approach to support the healing for the entire family. Elders and trained facilitators support healing groups for First Nations youth, women, and men under the program.

N’Quatqua Band (D’Arcy): $14,000

A prevention program for women and children will enhance focus on increasing awareness about domestic violence issues among community members by providing a safe and welcoming environment for discussion and community support services.

Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation (Quesnel): $25,000

Creating Healthy Family Relationships program builds healthy family and community relationships through individual healing and family support plans. Activities within the program include beading, leatherwork and hide tanning workshops to bring families closer together in a safe environment.

Pauquachin First Nation (North Saanich): $25,000

The Phoenix Experience promotes an inner and outer transformation experience for participants through services that focus on prevention, healing and community capacity building.

Xolhemet Society (Chilliwack): $25,000

The Women’s Empowerment Group addresses the needs and concerns of women and children who have experienced family violence. The program uses experiential learning to focus on skills to assist women to relate differently to the world and build strength.

Cowichan Tribes (Duncan): $25,000

The Healthy Relationships program brings awareness and understanding of domestic violence to people experiencing abuse and discuss ways to stop the cycle.