Ontario is expanding helpline services to support Indigenous women and their families facing violence.
The province is supporting Beendigen Inc., an Indigenous family shelter in Thunder Bay, to expand culturally appropriate helpline services for Indigenous women across Ontario. For over 40 years Beendigen Inc. has provided safety and shelter to Indigenous women and children experiencing violence, and facilitated the cycle of healing through culturally appropriate programs and services to individuals and families.
This investment builds on the success of Talk4Healing, an Indigenous-designed and delivered helpline for Indigenous women in Northern Ontario.
Expanding helpline services for Indigenous women is a key commitment under Walking Together: Ontario's Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women to help respond to the high rates of violence experienced by Indigenous women.
Supporting Indigenous women 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 create a better future for everyone in Ontario.
“Talk4Healing is a help line that provides culturally safe and appropriate services to Aboriginal women and their families in Northern Ontario. Beendigen Inc. is delighted that this service will be expanded provincially. Soon, regardless of geographical location in Ontario, all Indigenous women will now have 24 hour access to a culturally safe help line. The current Talk4Healing help line has been successfully funded and supported by the Ontario government. We look forward to continued success in working with the ministry and partnering with the Ontario Native Women’s Association on this exciting project.”
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