Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards

Recipient Name: Minwaashin Lodge – Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Date: 2008-03-03
Value: $25,000.00
Type: Grant
Purpose: This 12 month project will provide Aboriginal Women with the information necessary to increase their safety and eliminate violence in their lives. Two eight week workshops will be offered to 50 women. Themes will include the intergenerational impacts of residential school, the impact of patriarchy, types/cycles of violence and signs of abuse, learned helplessness vs. empowerment, personal boundaries and creating safety. All topics will be explored through a combination of traditional Aboriginal frameworks and contemporary theories on violence. Women will also participate in cultural workshops such as sweat lodges, healing circles and drumming groups. 15 women will become traditional drummers. Ultimately, the women participating in this project will be able to overcome internalized feelings of guilt and cultural shame allowing them to make positive life changes and escape the cycle of abuse.