Sup­port for Mi’kmaw and African Nova Sco­tian Sur­vivors of Gen­der-based Vi­o­lence

The Victoria Standard - - Local News -

The Nova Sco­tia Gov­ern­ment will work with Mi’kmaw and African Nova Sco­tian or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop new sup­ports for sur­vivors of gen­der-based vi­o­lence and their fam­i­lies.

The project, called Cre­at­ing Com­mu­ni­ties of Care Through a Cus­tom­ary Law Ap­proach, will be sup­ported through a co-in­vest­ment from both fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments. It is part of Nova Sco­tia’s com­mit­ment to work with com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions to build Stand­ing To­gether, an ac­tion plan to pre­vent do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“Gov­ern­ment is pleased to part­ner with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to invest in this im­por­tant project, and to work with some out­stand­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to de­velop bet­ter sup­ports for In­dige­nous and African Nova Sco­tian women who have sur­vived do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” said Kelly Re­gan, Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Nova Sco­tia Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on the Sta­tus of Women.

The fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments are each com­mit­ting up to $1 mil­lion over four years.

The Nova Sco­tia Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on the Sta­tus of Women and the Depart­ment of Jus­tice will work with the Mi’kmaw Le­gal Sup­port Net­work, El­iz­a­beth Fry So­ci­ety of Main­land Nova Sco­tia, Mi’kmaw Na­tive Friend­ship Cen­tre, Nova Sco­tia As­so­ci­a­tion of Black So­cial Work­ers and the Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Court Pro­gram. They will work to­gether to de­velop sup­ports and ser­vices that re­flect the cul­tural prac­tises of sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies in Hal­i­fax’s ur­ban In­dige­nous and African Nova Sco­tian com­mu­ni­ties.

“Work­ing from prin­ci­ples of Mi’kmaw Cus­tom­ary Law, the Mi’kmaw Le­gal Sup­port Net­work has been able to pro­tect In­dige­nous peo­ple,” said Paula Mar­shall, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Mi’kmaw Le­gal Sup­port Net­work. “This im­por­tant project is an op­por­tu­nity to share this wis­dom with our sys­tem part­ners while ex­tend­ing sup­ports to sur­vivors.”

Women and their fam­i­lies from these com­mu­ni­ties who are par­tic­i­pat­ing in Hal­i­fax’s new Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Court Pro­gram will have ac­cess and may be re­ferred to the sup­ports and ser­vices, as part of their court plans. Those in­volved in Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Court Pro­gram will also con­tribute their ex­per­tise as part of the project’s de­vel­op­ment.

In­for­ma­tion on Stand­ing To­gether is avail­able at http://www. no­vas­co­­ing­to­gether .

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