Manitoba Action to Address MMIWG


Manitoba Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations, with support from Manitoba Status of Women and other departments, is leading the work that will form the basis of Manitoba's response to the National Inquiry and Calls for Justice, under the umbrella of Manitoba's Gender-Based Violence Committee of Cabinet (GBVCC). 

This broad engagement plan is essential to ensure an aligned and effective path forward, and is intended to capitalize on Manitoba's strong, dedicated and vibrant networks who continue to work to put an end to violence against Indigenous women and girls. The engagement process is ongoing, with over 40 community-based organizations having participated to date. Engagement with families and survivors continues and is being led by Indigenous organizations with funding support from the Manitoba government. 

A review of all the efforts across government that respond to the Calls for Justice is well underway and the results are expected to complement what is heard through engagement. This work will contribute to a fulsome and coordinated approach to responding to the Final Report and Calls for Justice. 

Manitoba is working to develop a concrete and effective response to the National Inquiry that builds on work that is underway at the community-level and aligns with the main pillars of Manitoba's Framework for Addressing Gender-Based Violence. We recognize that this response is a starting point from which the ongoing work will evolve and grow over time. 

In the meantime, Manitoba is pursuing a wide variety of more immediate activities that align with the Calls for Justice and support efforts to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. Examples of these activities include:

Prevention


• Ongoing work with Clan Mothers to enhance accessibility of land-based teachings for Indigenous youth who are at high risk of sexual exploitation. Department of Families, 2021.

• Improving tenant and community safety in Manitoba Housing properties. Families, 2021 ($4,000,000). 

• Investing in supports for people experiencing homelessness as part of the COVID-19 response. Department of Families, 2021 ($5,000,000).

• Providing funding to the Together We Grow program through The Pas Committee for Women in Crisis (Aurora House). Department of Justice and Status of Women, 2021.

• Expanding a hub model for integrated youth services, including mental health and addiction services for youth and young adults, with two Indigenous-led youth hubs in Winnipeg and Selkirk.  Department of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery, 2021.

• Providing employment and training services to help unemployed, underemployed and multi-barriered Manitobans to prepare for, find and obtain sustainable employment. Department of Economic Development and Jobs, 2021.

• Ending Manitoba’s long-standing practice of birth alerts, effective July 1, 2020. Department of Families, 2020.

• Providing funding to the Centre for Child Protection for online public awareness to promote the recognition and awareness of risks associated with livestreaming, gaming platforms and live chat features, as well as available preventative technologies. Department of Families, 2020 ($180,000).

• Creating the Canada-Manitoba Housing Benefit to connect vulnerable Manitobans with safe and stable housing, focusing on young adults transitioning or aging out of the child welfare system. Department of Families, 2020 ($17,500,000).

• Developing a strategic plan for transforming and improving family services, including how to work together to protect children, reduce dependence on government programs and strengthen families and communities. Department of Families, 2020.

• Providing enhanced and ongoing funding to the Mount Carmel Clinic Mothering Project (Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe), to double their supportive capacity to connect vulnerable mothers with programs and services for additional health and wellness support. Department of Families, 2020.

• Providing new funding through the Family Violence Prevention Program to support women’s resource centres in Winnipeg and Brandon. Status of Women, 2019 ($176,000).

• Launching Restoring the Sacred Bond Initiative; a two-year pilot project that matched doulas with Indigenous mothers who were at risk of having their infants apprehended and placed into the care of Child and Family Services. The project was a partnership between the province, seven investors, and the Southern First Nations Network of Care and Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag. Department of Families, 2019.

• Collaborating with the Métis Child and Family Services Authority and its partnering CFS agencies and mental health/addictions services to develop the Community Addiction Response Team (CART). Department of Families, 2019 ($1,900,000).

• Investments to expand StreetReach programming in Thompson and enhance the community mobilization hub. Department of Families, 2019 ($2,100,000).

• Providing funding to Men are Part of the Solution Inc., First Peoples Development Inc., Resource Assistance for Youth Inc. and Selkirk Community Renewal Corporation to support projects related to the National Action Plan on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Department of Municipal Relations, 2019 ($166,707).

• Investing in supports for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, including a pilot project providing educational materials and training to the St. James School Division in Winnipeg on how to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. Department of Justice, 2018 ($390,000).

• Establishing the Gender-Based Violence Committee of Cabinet to ensure collaboration across government to address gender-based violence. Status of Women. 2018.

• Establishing the Protecting Children (Information) Sharing Act to enable information sharing across government departments, organizations and service providers to better protect at-risk children and youth. Department of Families, 2017.


• Developing a Manitoba Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Policy Guide to assist post-secondary institutions in creating safe campuses through policies, engagement with students, training and initiatives. Department of Education, 2017.

• Affirming the province’s participation in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as a means to advance reconciliation and support the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Indigenous and Northern Relations, 2016.

 

Support


• Funding commemorative events for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls hosted by Indigenous organizations/collectives. Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations, ongoing ($20,000).

• Providing annual investments to a number of initiatives related to sexual exploitation through Tracia’s Trust, including culturally-based mentorship programs; educational opportunities for post-secondary certificates or diplomas in child and youth care; specialized placement resources for sexually exploited youth; and coordinating Provincial Tracia’s Trust teams that connect community, and increase awareness on issues of sexual exploitation. Department of Families, ongoing ($16,000,000).

• Providing a smudging room for victims and families, as well as cultural and ceremonial healing through the Compensation for Victims of Crime program. Department of Justice, ongoing.

• Providing training for government officials, law enforcement and community members on trauma-informed approaches to supporting victims. Department of Justice, ongoing.

• Allocating funding from victim surcharge fees and the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund to Indigenous-led agencies who provide support to Indigenous victims of crime. Agencies include Ka Ni Kanichihk (Heart Medicine Lodge and Medicine Bear programs), Ndinawe (Child and Youth Care Practitioner program); and Safe House and NCN Cree Nation (Bereavement Group). Department of Justice, 2021.

• Providing funding to 24 community organizations to deliver programs that address the diverse needs of victims, including Healing Village Social Enterprise Training Program (Clan Mothers’ Turtle Lodge); Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk); Reclaiming our Power and Place (Manitoba Moon Voices); and Noozhek (Portage La Prairie Bear Clan – an Ojibway term meaning “Woman Bear”). Department of Justice and Status of Women, 2021 ($6,400,000).

• Investing in information systems at family violence shelters to enhance current services. The shared information system will enable shelters to share data and better support families in need. Status of Women, 2021 ($88,000). 

• Supporting youth and young adults injured by violence through the Community-Emergency Department Violence Intervention Program (CEDVIP) by providing wraparound care with a multidisciplinary team. Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery, 2021 ($2,300,000).

• Providing one-time funding to the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters to build virtual mental health and trauma-informed staff training for shelter staff. Department of Families, 2021 ($30,000).

• Investing in Granny’s House, a pilot service which provides temporary, culturally-safe respite supports to care for Indigenous children and families in partnership with Gwekaanimad at two locations in North End Winnipeg. Department of Families, 2021 ($810,000).

• Funding Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) to provide individuals with past experience in the sex trade with community based, accredited training in a safe and supportive environment. Department of Families, 2021.

• Expanding supports to vulnerable peoples experiencing homelessness. Department of Families, 2020 ($760,000).

• Improving access to technology for justice stakeholders in remote and northern communities. Department of Justice, 2020.

• Launching the new single-window Family Resolution Service to deliver a seamless continuum of public, private and community-based services to Manitobans experiencing family law matters. Department of Justice, 2020.

• Introducing annual funding to expand drop-in capacity at Spence Neighborhood Association to 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Department of Justice, 2020 ($300,000).

• Providing funding to support programs and services that assist victims of crime, including Candace House, community social service agencies and enhanced supports including access to Indigenous elders. Department of Justice, 2019 ($400,000).

• Ongoing partnerships with Indigenous community members and elders to introduce eagle feathers for use in Manitoba court rooms. Department of Justice, 2019,

• Supporting infrastructure and public safety initiatives in the north, including renovations to the Thompson Provincial Office Building and Court Offices for a child friendly courtroom and a safe, separate waiting and interview area for victims including child witnesses. Department of Justice, 2019 ($11,000,000).

• Amending the Employment Standards Code to broaden domestic violence leave to include victims of interpersonal violence. Department of Justice, 2019.

• Expanding walk-in mental health services and specialized trauma counselling. Health, Seniors and Active Living, 2019 ($2,400,000).

• Providing funding to Wolseley Family Place Inc., Women Healing for Change and Union Gospel Mission for projects related to infrastructure, training supports and addictions. Department of Municipal Relations, 2019 ($51,145).

• Establishing a Family Information Liaison Unit to support the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Department of Justice, 2016.


Intervention


• Continuing efforts to work with Indigenous leadership, police agencies and other community partners to more fully incorporate the use of restorative justice options where appropriate. Department of Justice, ongoing.

• Providing funding to the Thompson Sobering Centre which will provide a 24/7 safe and secure environment for non-violent, publicly intoxicated individuals to stay while the effects of drugs and/or alcohol wear off. Department of Justice, 2021 ($2,800,000).

• Providing funding to 24 community organizations to deliver programs that address the diverse needs of victims, including Indigenous Men and Boys are Part of the Solution to Building Healthy and Safe Communities (Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak; Métis MMIWG Family Support Project (Manitoba Métis Federation Inc.); and Preventing and Addressing Family Violence (Southern Chiefs Organization). Department of Justice and Status of Women, 2021 ($6,400,000).

• Providing funding for an education and awareness campaign led by the Manitoba Hotel Association (MBHA) in partnership with the Tracia’s Trust Strategy. The campaign provides comprehensive education on sexual exploitation and human trafficking to front line hotel staff. Department of Families, 2020 ($200,000).

• Expanding the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba’s women’s residential treatment program with increased annual investments. Department of Health, Seniors and Active Living, 2020 ($600,000)

• Developing and releasing Manitoba’s Framework: Addressing Gender-Based Violence, which builds on the government’s commitment to address gender-based violence and outlines how the government is organizing itself to address gender-based violence, including the MMIWG Calls for Justice. Status of Women, 2020.

• Providing grant funding to the City of Thompson to work with a consultant and develop a community safety and well-being strategy to better identify risk and social factors that contribute to crime and victimization, and to identify initiatives to address these factors and set measurable outcomes. Department of Justice, 2020 ($35,000).

• Investing in the Downtown Community Safety Partnership, a public-private partnership committed to reducing downtown crime and improving community safety in Winnipeg. Department of Justice, 2020 ($5,000,000).

• Establishing the Walking Bear Therapeutic Community trauma and addictions recovery unit at the Women’s Correctional Centre. Department of Justice, 2020.

• Creating new supports for victims of intimate partner violence within the justice system, and ensuring that victims and families currently experiencing, or at risk of intimate partner violence get the support they need earlier and prior to criminal and family courts. Department of Justice, 2020.

• Providing funding over three years to community organizations for the development of Indigenous-led treatment and services to support sexually exploited youth with complex needs, incorporate Indigenous ways of healing to reduce the impacts of colonization and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma. Department of Families, 2019 ($3,900,000).

• Providing funding to Rest-A-Bit Inc. and West Central Women’s Resource Centre for projects related to individuals or families affected by homelessness or family violence, including Strengthening the Circle. Department of Municipal Relations, 2019 ($50,576).

• Initiating a pilot project in which the Manitoba Police Commission established and coordinated six community committees focused on policing and public safety issues. Department of Justice, 2019.

• Supporting collaboration between the RCMP, City of Thompson, and other stakeholders in the development of a public safety strategy for Thompson. Department of Justice, 2019 ($300,000).

• Establishing the Restorative Justice Centre through a realignment of resources within Manitoba Justice. Department of Justice, 2018.