Ontario pledges $100 million to help end violence against indigenous women


mentalfloss
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Ontario pledges $100 million to help end violence against indigenous women

Ontario will spend $100 million over the next three years on a long-term strategy to end violence against indigenous women, most of it on support for families.

Indigenous women are three times more likely to experience violence and to be murdered than other women in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday.

"This is devastating families and entire communities, and it's a problem our entire province needs to face," Wynne said.

Indigenous people make up 2.4 per cent of Ontario's population, but they account for 26 per cent of the children in care. Indigenous women make up six per cent of the province's homicide victims.

"Behind these grim statistics lies violence," said Wynne. "Behind these grim statistics lie the heartbreaking stories of mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and grandmothers that we've lost."

For decades, governments across Canada "shamefully" neglected the deep wounds inflicted upon indigenous communities, added Wynne.

"An entire society looked the other way, or worse, shrugged our shoulders as too many First Nations, Métis and Inuit women continued to experience violence, go missing or be murdered," she said.

Ontario pledges $100 million to help end violence against indigenous women - Aboriginal - CBC
 
MHz
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If Manitoba and Sask had to match that via number of incidents they would be coughing up a lot more than Ontario.
 
Mowich
Conservative
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100 mil for what sounds like more of a feel-good measure for the government than any real change to the reserves themselves which often are the reason for the many problems facing both the men and the women who live there.