Ontario’s strategy to end violence against Indigenous women
Violence against Indigenous women has been tearing apart the lives of women, their families and communities for generations. It is a legacy of colonialism that continues to breed poverty, social isolation and insecurity. With this strategy, Ontario and Indigenous communities are coming together to end the cycle of violence and ensure future generations of Indigenous women can live the way they deserve ¾ with safety and respect.
1. Supporting children, youth and families
2. Community safety and healing
3. Policing and justice
4. Prevention and awareness
5. Leadership, collaboration, alignment and accountability
6. Improved data and research
Develop key performance indicators and data collection mechanisms to measure the success of individual initiatives and monitor progress.
Message from Ministers MacCharles and Zimmer
We are pleased to join with the Premier and with Indigenous partners to present this strategy to end violence against Indigenous women.
This strategy is a collaborative effort of Indigenous partners across the province, including the members of the Joint Working Group on Violence Against Aboriginal Women.
This unique provincial initiative brings government leaders together at one table with representatives of Indigenous organizations. These include the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, Ontario Native Women’s Association, the Métis Nation of Ontario, Independent First Nations and Chiefs of Ontario.
We applaud their commitment to work together to create a more effective, better informed and comprehensive approach that respects Indigenous culture and perspectives.
Strong collaborative relationships help us build on the important work of Indigenous people to raise awareness of and heal from violence, and the initiatives the government has already undertaken to end violence against women, including action plans on domestic violence and sexual violence and harassment.
The province’s Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, launched in March 2015, started a conversation about sexual violence in this province. In it, we announced our commitment to developing a long-term strategy to end violence against Indigenous women.
We are proud to build on this momentum and launch this strategy for change.
The goals reflect our commitments: to end violence against Indigenous women, to strengthen relationships with First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, and to improve outcomes for Indigenous people — and, in turn, for all Ontarians.
Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
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