Winnipeg safe space expanding services for Indigenous women and girls with new funds

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An Indigenous-led harmless abstraction for sexually exploited women and girls is expecting to grow its scope successful Winnipeg with funds from the national government.

Ottawa says astir $7 cardinal is to assistance with operating costs astatine Velma’s House.

Patty Hajdu, the national curate of Indigenous Services, says the wealth should let the enactment to summation capableness and present culturally due programs.

Part of the wealth is besides to spell toward purchasing a caller building, truthful the radical tin connection ceremonies, counselling and meals to much people.

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The location opened successful the outpouring of 2021 and has since outgrown its existent location.

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Dodie Jordaan, enforcement manager of Ka Ni Kanichihk, which oversees Velma’s House, says the caller determination is expected to unfastened by the extremity of the year.

“The abstraction was truthful small. So galore women were sleeping connected the structure and laying successful the writer and waiting to instrumentality turns to travel in,” she said Monday.

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“It was captious that we recovered a larger abstraction successful a abstraction that was overmuch much inviting and capable to conscionable the needs of the women around.”

Staff said it’s the lone low-barrier spot successful Winnipeg offering supports for women who person been sexually exploited.

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls called for governments to money Indigenous-centred and community-based wellness and wellness services.

Velma's House and Ka Ni Kanichihk supply life-saving services and a harmless spot for Indigenous women fleeing violence. Today, we announced caller investments from the national authorities truthful that this enactment tin continue.

— Patty Hajdu (@PattyHajdu) October 17, 2022

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Hajdu said wealth fixed to Velma’s House is portion of the national government’s program to code unit against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people.

“The enactment that (Ka Ni Kanichihk) does is not conscionable a bully to have, this is the halfway of a community. This is the instauration of a assemblage wherever radical consciousness that they person a spot to spell to erstwhile atrocious things happen,” she said.

A full of $4 cardinal is to spell toward operating costs to 2026.

Jordaan said the backing should let the abstraction to run 24 hours a time and supply resources for up to 60 radical astatine a time. The erstwhile abstraction allowed up to 10 radical astatine a time.

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