The province has pledged $1.5 million dollars towards support for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Aboriginal communities.
The funding falls in line with the three-year, $5.5-million Provincial Domestic Violence Plan.
“The Province is very aware that there is a need for more support in this area.”
Tracy Porteous, the Executive Director Ending Violence Association of BC says this is a good start, but says more needs to be done.
“They have got their foot in the door, if you will, to put forward $1.5 million for services for indigenous communities, but we know that indigenous woman experience disproportionate levels of both domestic and sexual violence.”
Porteous says Aboriginal women are nearly three times more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence than non-Aboriginal women.
“We are under resourced in that area–there is no question. And more needs to be done across the board, including in indigenous communities.”
The province says the plan supports culturally relevant approaches and programs for Aboriginal people who are affected by domestic violence, including survivors and perpetrators.