Gwich’in and Native Women’s Association
fighting poverty with new federal housing funds

Nearly half a million dollars is being invested into housing programs to be rolled out by the Gwich’in Tribal Council and Native Women’s Association of the NWT. $200,000 is going to the Native Women’s Association through a 24-month project, entitled “Poverty Prevention: Keeping Women Housed,” aimed at increasing connections, and knowledge to better represent the needs and voices of Indigenous women in official and community responses to homelessness and related poverty reduction in the Northwest Territories.

“We are pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting this project and our efforts to help more women achieve economic security and prosperity. We believe that in helping women and their families find housing, we are also helping our whole community grow and prosper,” said Liza Charlo-Pieper, President Native Women’s Association of NWT.

The Gwich’in Tribal Council was awarded $264,982 for their project entitled, “Economic Prosperity for Women on the Road to Tuktoyaktuk.” This 2 year project will address the systemic gaps that local Indigenous women need to fill to enable them to succeed in the growing tourism sector and take full advantage of the arts, crafts and confections market in the Beaufort Delta region.

“We welcome the Government of Canada’s support for this project that will engage women as contributors of the Northwest Territories’ economy. Through this partnership, women from our communities will have important new opportunities in the arts and crafts market and in tourism, which will improve their economic well-being and also better support their families,” said GTC President Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan.

The Indigenous population is growing at an estimated four times the rate of non-Indigenous Canadians and represents an enormous pool of talent. As part of this cohort, Indigenous women play a vital role in our economy and have outstanding potential for growth.

RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost the level of Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 per cent.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Campbell is back as the host of the new CKLB Morning show the Breakfast Club. Before moving north in 2007, he graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program.

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