Provincial Core Training for Advocates Registration

Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Individuals – Provincial Core Training for Advocates

We continue to take action to address gender-based violence in our communities — safety for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals is a priority. This training program seeks to support the voice and leadership of survivors of violence and grassroots advocates who are at the root of advancing social, cultural, and legal changes on behalf of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, to live their lives free of violence.
Funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada, BCAAFC, in partnership with Battered Women’s Support Services, is delivering this Indigenous-focused provincial core curricula and training for anti-violence advocates. This training program will be delivered to new and experienced advocates, especially Indigenous learners who seek the application of an Indigenous lens to the work of anti-violence services. Once completed, trainers will be empowered to provide the training to other interested people in their own communities. The trainers will also be able to use skills and teachings learned from this program for team building, in-service training, public education, and other cross-training initiatives.
This training will develop skills to provide responses for Indigenous survivors of violence. We seek to create safe spaces for survivors, to share their stories without colonial judgement and stereotyping, and to build community. The training is designed to apply to each survivor and to respond to each individual’s unique physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual needs.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Self-identify as an Indigenous women (cis or trans) or non-binary femmes
  • Willing and able to travel within B.C., specifically Vancouver
  • Must be a B.C. resident
  • 19-years-of-age and older


Application Deadlines: (limited seats available)

October 3, 2022 – for the Fall & Winter Cohort (October 2022 – January 2023)
February 1, 2023 – for the Winter & Spring Cohort (February – May 2023) *Registration now closed*


Available Supports:

  • Paid training sessions upon completion – $125 a day for 16-day sessions
  • Meals available during training hours
  • Transportation/travel funds available
  • Child care daily stipend available for children under age 16
  • Accommodation funds are available for out-of-town trainees
  • Tech supplies provided for the duration of training
16-day Curriculum Breakdown:
  • Opening Ceremony – Introduction, making safety, group process, overview, agreements, logistics – what is support work and the role of an advocate, ethical frameworks


  • A theoretical framework for understanding GBV in the lives of Indigenous women, girls and femmes


  • Intimate Partner Violence – Dynamics, Assessment, Interventions Safety Planning


  • Sexualized Violence – Dynamics, Assessment Interventions 


  • Sexual Exploitation – Dynamics, Assessment, Interventions


  • Adverse Childhood Experiences – Dynamics, Assessment Interventions


  • The role of Family/Community – Family as risk, family as a resource, community as risk, community as a resource


  • Supporting survivors through the healing process, trauma and violence informed theory and practices 


  • Challenging Presentations – substance use, mental ill-health, harm reduction, supporting victims survivors


  • The role of men and transmasculine people


  • Advocating for institutional and systemic change


  • Closing Ceremony

Cohort Training dates

*All training sessions will take place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (Vancouver, B.C.) Students must be able to travel to Vancouver for each session. Location within Vancouver is to be confirmed.
Cohort 1: October 2022 – January 2023 (Registration Closed) 
Week One:
  • October 17 – October 21, 2022 (5-days)
Week Two:
  •  November 21 – November 25, 2022 (5-days)
Week Three:
  • January 16 – January 20, 2023 (5-days)
Cohort 2: February 2023 – May 2023 
Week One:
  • February 21 – February 24, 2023 (4-days)
Week Two:
  •  March 20 – March 23, 2023 (4-days)
Week Three:
  •  April 17, – April 20,  2023 (4-days)
Week Four:
  • May 23 – May 26, 2023 (4-days)


Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Individuals – Provincial Core Training for Advocates registration form
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Basic Information

Legal Name:
Do you identify as an Indigenous?
Eligibility requirements: Self-identify as an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) women (cis or trans) or non-binary femmes

Contact Information

Mailing address:
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More information

*Cohort 1 is now closed.

Self Assessment

How much experience do you have in this field, formal or informal?


Are you able to travel within B.C.?
Do you need child care to participate in the training?
Please note: child care funds are available for children under the age of 16-years-old.
Do you have access to reliable technology? (i.e. laptop, tablet)


BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Emilie Luhowy
Phone: 250-388-5522 ext 231


Battered Women’s Support Services 
Rona Amiri
Strategic Interventions, Manager
Phone: 778-558-7179