Government announced annual funding for the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association of $205,700 today, May 15, at an event at Glooscap First Nation. The association has 16 chapters in the province and advocates on matters of importance to Indigenous women and girls. “The Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association is a strong voice for Indigenous women and girls,” said Kelly Regan, Minister Responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “This funding is a recognition of the association’s important work and unique role in supporting and advocating for Indigenous women and girls throughout Nova Scotia.” Representing 8,000 women, the non-profit organization provides support and resources, and develops programs and initiatives to improve social, educational, health and employment opportunities for Indigenous women in collaboration with all levels of government. “This investment into the future of Nova Scotia’s Indigenous women will help build capacity within our organization, resulting in increased supports and programming for our women and families helping them to thrive and prosper,” said Lorraine Whitman, president of the association. “The funding will also provide opportunities for all Indigenous women to contribute their ideas and skills to the social, cultural and economic health of our Indigenous communities.” The association has also received funding through Standing Together, a provincial plan to prevent domestic violence. One project, Ending Domestic Violence Begins with Me, will work to prevent violence against Mi’kmaw women through elders sharing knowledge and cultural teachings with youth. The other project, Apakulmut’ek, will involve Indigenous women, girls, and couples creating traditional ribbon skirts while discussing domestic violence and ways to prevent it. For more information on the Standing Together plan, visit www.novascotia.ca/standingtogether .