The province is introducing new resources to help address elder abuse in Indigenous communities - part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors that is helping seniors access the support they need at every stage of their life.
Ontario will be providing additional resources to Indigenous partners through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy, to support prevention and education activities grounded in Indigenous culture. This will build greater community awareness of elder abuse in Indigenous communities, provide frontline staff training and create culturally appropriate supports through service providers.
This investment builds on initiatives underway as part of Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women and embodies the government’s commitment to working hand in hand with First Nation, Métis and urban Indigenous partners to drive coordinated action and make real progress.
The new funding will promote Indigenous elders/seniors’ wellness and resiliency which is integral to building healthy Indigenous communities.
Helping Indigenous seniors is one of many steps on the journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners and to creating a better future for everyone in the province.
“Elders are essential in promoting wellness and healing in their communities, and in passing their stories and traditions on to new generations. Ontario recognizes this important role, and is committed to supporting the resilience and safety of Indigenous Elders through community-based and culturally-appropriate services, so they can continue to share their teachings.”
“Elder abuse can take many forms and can occur in any setting. Through Aging with Confidence Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, this government is taking a stronger approach by creating new initiatives to prevent elder abuse and strengthen our capacity to intervene when a senior is at risk or is experiencing abuse.”