Friendship Centres across Ontario support Indigenous women, girls, and their families and are dedicated to supporting families where they live. Local solutions like The Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women, developed within Indigenous communities and jointly endorsed by five province-wide Indigenous organizations in Ontario and ten provincial ministries are necessary to ensure that alongside a national focus on ending systemic violence, that local needs and leadership are primary to the success of implementing a variety of strategies to end violence.
Since 2007, the OFIFC has worked collaboratively with the Ontario Government and other Indigenous Organizations to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. In recognition of the stark rates at which Indigenous women and girls experience violence, the Joint Working Group was established to in 2010 to identify priorities and policies, programs, and services that prevent and reduce violence against First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and their families.
In 2012, a first report was published 'The Joint Work Group Progress Report: Ending Violence Against Aboriginal Women'. The purpose of this report was to provide Ministers and Leaders with an update on the activities of the Joint Working Group since forming in 2010.
The foundation for this work is the Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women. This progress report highlights the accomplishments to date as a working group and looks at some of the challenges that have been faced in the early stages of the work.
In 2016, the government made a historic financial commitment to implement Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women to ensure that women and girls are continually made safer.
OFIFC Policy Submissions on Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls
- A Response to Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 (May 2017)
- Joint Working Group Progress Report (September 2012)
- Aboriginal Sexual Violence Action Plan (2011)
- A Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Indigenous Women (September 2007)