Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA

INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES

Support Networks for the Families of Missing and/or Murdered Aboriginal Women

Program Name:

Families of Sisters in Spirit

Organization/Community:

Families of Sisters in Spirit

Location:

Ottawa, Ontario

Website:

www.facebook.com/pages/Families-of-Sisters-in-Spirit/169989823049052
http://30daysofjustice.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/hello-world/

Goals and Objectives:

To provide emotional and financial support for families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls; to promote grassroots and institutional awareness of the issue.

Target Group Description:

Everyone.

Program Description:

The program has helped to support and organize rallies, vigils, public discussions and forums. It also seeks to build alliances with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations. The program respects and acknowledges Aboriginal Elders, teachings, medicines and the cultural practices of Aboriginal peoples.

Program Successes/Impact:

Sharing missing person's alerts online leading to women and girls being found safely. Bringing families together. Having Aboriginal women's voices heard.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

Working without funding, relying on community financial support.

Program in operation since:

2011.

Program:

Ongoing.

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