Increasing Our Knowledge (training for Aboriginal workers)

Project Name

Increasing Our Knowledge, Building On Our Strengths

Project Partners

Lead Agency: Equay-Wuk (Women’s Group)
Legal Partner: NAN Legal Services

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Project Summary

The project will train a variety of First Nations community services workers, including drug and alcohol workers, community health workers, and domestic violence workers in 31 remote First Nation communities. The training will consist of legal information related to violence against women and human rights.

Legal Topics for Training

The training to be provided will include criminal and family law as it relates to violence against women and human rights law in relation to issues such as obtaining entitlement programs offered through the provincial and federal governments and rights of women in remote reserve communities.

Target Audience

The target communities for this project are 31 remote Aboriginal communities in northwestern Ontario that are served by Equay-wuk (Women’s Group). These communities, located within the territory of James Bay Treaty # 9 and portions of Treaty # 5 and #3, cover a remote area that makes up half the land mass of Ontario. This area is inhabited by over 18,000 Oji-Cree and Ojibway people.

Key Activities

This 12-month project will be organized into the following two phases: a three-month planning phase and a nine-month action phase. Equay-wuk will deliver the training using a variety of strategies including face-to-face and web-based workshops.

Need for Training

Women who attend trainings facilitated by Equay-Wuk increasingly encounter issues that relate to human rights. Moreover, the need to understand the law and legal parameters are key to understanding the context of domestic violence and strategies to stop the violence.

Innovative Approach

This project is unique in its partnerships. Resources and services in remote communities are extremely limited and this  project will enable the two legal partners to have a significantly greater impact  than every before.The project is also innovative in its capacity to build on existing planned travel and community gatherings. The project uses creative and innovative ways to bring the training to those who need it in the most cost effective way possible.