Ending Violence

Anti-Violence Initiatives

Photo: Leaders gather at the Kermode Friendship Society to commemorate by marching for MMIGW on February 14th, 2020 on Tsimshian Territories (Terrace, BC).
In Canada, Indigenous women and girls are among the most at risk to be victims of violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation (Government of BC, 2014) due to the ongoing effects of colonialism, racism and discrimination.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was launched in September 2016 to acknowledge and gather evidence for an examination on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals in Canada. The inquiry addresses issues in sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, bullying, harassment, suicide, and self-harm. The vision of the inquiry is to build a foundation that allows Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks to reclaim their power and place within their communities.
This movement honours the lives of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who have been subjected to intergenerational violence, survivors and those who have passed on to the spirit world.  Through the gathering of community and cultural knowledge, creating opportunities to heal through commemoration and artistic expressions and public education have all contributed towards the movement.
The BCAAFC demonstrates support for this work with essential partnerships to collaborate and bring awareness through anti-violence initiatives by identifying gaps in prevention and social justice. Additionally, the implementation of education and supports empower Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and their communities.

How Can We Help?

BCAAFC – TELUS Mobility for Good Program

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship centres (BCAAFC) in partnership with TELUS  will be distributing mobile phones to Indigenous women and girls who otherwise would not have access to cellular communication. Increasing accessibility to a mobile communication is one part of BC Friendship Centres’ strategy to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls and improve their safety. The phones will come with one year of nationwide talk & text + data from TELUS, made possible through the TELUS Mobility for Good program.
If you qualify, please use the link to request a phone.
Photo: Leaders at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), TELUS, and Prince George Native Friendship Centre commemorate the new partnership between BC Friendship Centres and the TELUS Mobility for Good program at the BCAAFC Annual Membership Meeting (September 23, 2021).

Advocating Against Violence

Photo: All Nations Strong Women for Education and Reconciliation (ANSWER), an urban – Indigenous women’s drum group located on Lekwungen and Esquimalt territories perform during a closing ceremony for Gathering Our Voices 2019, an Indigenous Youth Leadership Conference hosted on Nuu-chah-nulth territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations (Port Alberni, BC).

Training Program

More information coming soon.

Additional Resources 

Counselling for MMIWG Impacted Individuals

Free counselling services in BC are available to survivors, family members and individuals affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. People of all genders are encouraged to connect to this counselling. Individuals do not need to have status and can live on or off reserve. This counselling program is administered by FNHA through the Health Benefits team, and counselling is offered by providers who are registered with FNHA’s Mental Health Provider List. This list is updated regularly: http://www.fnha.ca/Documents/FNHA-First-Nations-Health-Benefits-Mental-Health-Provider-List.pdf.
Individuals who would like to access counselling are encouraged to connect directly with a mental health provider from the above list to schedule an appointment. The provider directly bills FNHA, so there is no upfront cost to the individual to access counselling.
For more information about this program, visit: http://www.fnha.ca/Documents/FNHA-MMIWG-Counselling-Program-FAQs.pdf.
Please feel welcome to contact the First Nations Health Benefits team with any questions that you might have at 1-877-477-0775.