Women's Program Funding in Action
Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia

North Vancouver, British Columbia

First Line of Defence: Strengthening Aboriginal Women in Prince George, BC

Meeting in a boardroom

A groundbreaking project in British Columbia has led to a marked improvement in services to Aboriginal women experiencing abuse. Participants in the newly completed project, carried out by the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC, point to their increased confidence and ability to protect themselves as evidence of the project’s success. They also point to the recent availability of culturally sensitive tools and services and a greater awareness among service providers and the broader community of the particular needs of Aboriginal women. Working closely with band councils, a victim services working group, the local diocese, various experts and other stakeholders as well as Aboriginal women, the project has produced exemplary results and exceeded even the organizers’ expectations!

“Nothing like this had ever been done in Prince George before. There were no Aboriginal-directed projects or agencies providing culturally sensitive services to Aboriginal women experiencing domestic violence. Through the project, over 300 Aboriginal women began rebuilding their lives and the lives of their children. They made strides in garnering employment, quitting smoking, leaving abusive partners, and opening bank accounts in their own name, many for the first time!”

Darlene Shackelly, Executive Director
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