Friendship Centres Launch Anti-violence Campaign
Prince George, B.C. – The first major national initiative to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, is being launched today by the National Association of Friendship Centres.
It is called Action for Women and consists of seven programs and campaigns providing the information, tools and support Indigenous women and girls need to remain safe, plan for their future and participate in the conversation about violence and victimization.
The programs and campaigns are designed to engage everyone including youth, men, families and the public in the discussion of ending violence. Research has shown that the victimization of Indigenous women is close to triple that of non-Indigenous women, and that violent victimization of Indigenous females is most often committed by males and most often not reported to police.
The Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres, Jeffrey Cyr, says “engaging youth, men and communities is key to ending violence against Indigenous women and girls. We wanted to create an initiative that brought our communities together to end violence.”
The association is a network of 117 Friendship Centres from coast-to-coast-to-coast. You can learn more about the Action for Women initiative by contacting the Prince George Native Friendship Centre on Third Avenue at (250) 564-3568 or online at http://www.pgnfc.com