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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2015
ALBERTA -The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) is optimistic about the future for women this week, given the Liberal Party of Canada’s (LPC) platform includes many potential advancements for marginalized women.
Perhaps the most important advancement: a pledge to conduct a public inquiry into the alarming numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
In addition to creating a long-advocated national action plan to end violence against women and girls, the LPC has also committed nearly $20 billion over the coming 10 years to social infrastructure (with $1.7 billion flowing in year one), to include an investment in shelters and low-income housing.
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters looks forward to working with the new Liberal majority Canadian government to empower seniors, women and their children living in violence.
During the election, ACWS circulated a list of questions and a backgrounder to the four main political parties in Canada, requesting responses that we would post online. We received responses from three of the four, and one was the Liberal Party of Canada. Please see the questions, the backgrounder and the Liberal response here.
- On-reserve shelters in Alberta have funding contracts for services from the Government of Canada through the AANDC.
- On-reserve shelters in Alberta have not had an increase to their core federal funding for 8 years, and were never funded at parity with their provincially funded colleagues.
- ACWS is an ambassador for women’s shelters in Alberta – providing support to members and leadership to leverage the collective knowledge: informing solutions to end domestic violence.