The Minister of Status of Women, Maryam Monsef, was in Yellowknife today to make a funding announcement.

Minister Monsef announced today that the federal government is investing over four hundred thousand dollars in funding for projects to help advance Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity in the Northwest Territories.

The Native Women’s Association of Northwest Territories will be receiving $200,000 for a three-year project to work with the Government of the Northwest Territories and the City of Yellowknife to create systemic change with the housing supports network.

Joy O’Neill, Economic Development Officer, Gwich’in Tribal Council (left) and Liza Charlo-Pieper, President of the Native Women’s Association of Northwest Territories speaking at today’s funding announcement. Photo by Meaghan Richens.

“This project will increase the capacity, connections and knowledge of the Native Women’s Association to better represent the needs and voices of Indigenous women in community responses to homelessness and related poverty reduction in the territory,” says Minister Monsef.

Monsef says the project will add new insights on Indigenous women in homelessness, and help shape “culturally and gender-appropriate responses to homelessness.”

The Gwich’in Tribal Council has also been awarded $264,982 for a three-year project to enable Indigenous women to succeed in the growing tourism sector and take full advantage of the arts, crafts and confections market in the Beaufort Delta region.