Building and Supporting Safe and Healthy Urban Indigenous Communities
National Association of Friendship Centre’s Policy Position Statement on Addressing Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls.
This policy was developed using NAFCs policy development process and approved by the Board of Directors in July 2017.
The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) acknowledges the ongoing epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and girls and denounces such violence in all its forms. The NAFC believes that violence against Indigenous women and girls is not just a women’s issue, rather it is a societal issue and as such responding to it requires a concerted and conscious effort on behalf of all Canadians including men and boys.
Additionally, it believes that eliminating violence requires the development of safe and healthy communities through the provision of culturally grounded and trauma informed programs and services that address both the immediate safety needs of women and girls but also the root causes of violence. These include but are not limited to programs related to, emergency support and crisis intervention, safe and affordable short-term and long-term sustainable housing, food security, justice, health and wellbeing, participation in the economy, education and lifelong learning, cultural development including the restoration of Indigenous languages, and programs aimed at supporting reconciliation by addressing issues such as colonialism, racism, and systemic discrimination.
Finally, the NAFC believes that the elimination of violence against Indigenous women and girls can only be achieved through the full implementation of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and through the full and collaborative response to the 94 Calls to Action tabled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in June 2015.
Read the complete Policy Position Statement on Addressing Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls (pdf)
October 4, 2017 Press Release (pdf)
Policy Position Backgrounder (pdf)
Eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girls: Invitation to Others (pdf)
Together for Equality for Aboriginal Women in Cities
Position paper by the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec
Women’s Narratives from the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre:
Using Digital Storytelling to Inform Community-based Healing and Violence Prevention Programs
Culture of Fearfulness? Connecting Patterns of Vulnerability and Resilience in Young Urban Aboriginal Women’s Narratives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax)