As a part of their Gender-Based Violence Call for Proposals, IWS received approval and funding from the Status of Women Canada. Working together to address gender-based violence against women, IWS in partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre (Thompson), and the Joy Smith Foundation are creating preventive, supportive, and accessible resources and programs for Metis Women. Our goal is to educate, support and promote Metis communities in Northern Manitoba. We are addressing the lack of knowledge, resources, and recovery options available to women, 2SLGBTQ+ women-identifying individuals, and youth. IWS will create a Metis specific resource guide and outreach kit to address this gap.
IWS is working in conjunction with other Indigenous organizations and governments. IWS provided supports to the Valentine’s Day 2020 Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2-Spirited individuals (MMIWG2S) in addition to being a part of the National Action Plan for MMIWG2S. Working together, we will combat gender-based violence on human trafficking and missing and murdered Metis and Indigenous women and girls.