Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal Money to Help Indigenous Women Off-Reserve Who Are Victims of Violence

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal Money to Help Indigenous Women Off-Reserve Who Are Victims of Violence

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Federal money to help victims of violence

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REGINA - The federal government has teamed up with a Saskatchewan group to provide arts-based intervention for victims of domestic violence.

The Public Health Agency of Canada announced Thursday that it will invest close to $600,000 into the program over the next four years to provide support for indigenous women living off-reserve in Saskatchewan.

The program is called "Creative Solutions to Easing Victimization's Effects."

It will be implemented by the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan.

Crystal Giesbrecht, director of research and communications with PATHS, says they hope that women will be able to engage in some healing arts-based activities that will help to recover from trauma and violence.

PATHS will host the project in Moose Jaw, Regina and Prince Albert about 10 times over the next four years. Each session will work with 12 women over a 12-week period.

"Research shows us that culture helps people to heal and we know that art helps people to heal," Giesbrecht said. …

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