Supporting Aboriginal Victims In The Thunder Bay Area
Two Aboriginal organizations in Thunder Bay are benefiting from grants provided to develop projects that help First Nations, Inuit and Métis victims of crime.
"This will allow First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Northwestern Ontario to have access to victim services that are rooted in their own culture and tradition. I know that these new programs will have a significant impact on the community and help Aboriginal victims in the healing process."
- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
"Ontario recognizes the importance of programs that support victims in a way that promotes healing in the traditions of their community. These new programs are helping Thunder Bay area organizations reach out to more victims, educate the public and prevent re-victimization."
- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
"We are thankful for the opportunities this grant has created. Through the support of the Aboriginal Victims Support Grant program, our organization has been able to reach out to youth and provide them with valuable information about healthy relationships, domestic violence and where they can turn to for help when they need it."
- Betty Kennedy, Executive Director, Ontario Native Women's Association
"The art healing sessions we have been able to provide help give victims a voice and help them to heal. We are grateful to be able to use this opportunity to bring their stories to the public and raise awareness about victimization in the Aboriginal community."
- Tammy Bobyk, Executive Director, Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon