Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is pleased to present the
results of a community collaboration to create awareness on Violence against Aboriginal
Women. As violence comes in many forms, and affects families, communities, stakeholders and
governments, we have also included topics on men and those who identify as Two Spirited.

Community members, police and IAAW staff collaboratively developed the topics to inspire discussion that may not happen as much as it is needed. Funding gratefully provided from Government of Alberta.

There is a video that was produced using IAAW program participants and guests, including Anthony Johnson of Amazing Race Canada! The presentation that we deliver will include 8 short videos. Each about 1-2 mins long. A facilitator will play the video, showing the first
scenario. Then discussion happens and resources are provided. This is repeated with the remaining 7 scenarios. Our hope is that we can have many local agency representatives in attendance as possible to build the community response capabilities.

The 8 video topic’s are:
Public Safety for Indigenous Women (1)
It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and have a safety plan.
• What is a safety plan?
• Why would I need a safety plan?
• What should I teach my children about being safe?

Planning to Leave (2)
Your life is important. Be careful and leave when it’s safe.
• What should be planned out before you leave?
• What are the dangers of leaving?
• What else you need to think of before you leave?

Unmotivated Partner (3)
When your partner is taking advantage of you, it’s time for them to leave.
• Who gets to live in the shared residence?
• Is it safer just to leave?
• What are the impacts to your family or pets if you stay?

Circle of Supports (4)
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help; you’re not alone.
• How can communities support the men?
• How many people should be in your Circle of Support?
• What resources are in your community for people fleeing violence?

New Relationship Safety (5)
It’s important to remember to keep your personal information private.
• Would you let your new date know where you work or live?
• What are safety tips to have before connecting in person with a date?
• Are you aware of Red Flags?

Dealing with Family Drama (6)
Find the strength to not involve yourself with family drama.
• What is harassment?
• Can you unhook from social media?
• When to get police or a lawyer involved?

Family Supports (7)
It’s ok to lean on healthy relatives that can help you in the short term.
• How can you make sure you don’t overstay your welcome?
• What legal or other supports are available to assist in the short term?
• Where to get counselling for you and children?

Love yourself (8)
You loved yourself enough to leave, now love yourself even more and stay away.
• Where are wellness or self-care supports in your community?
• Who can you connect with for education on building healthy
• How time to give yourself to get healthy?

IAAW has also developed a brochure and stand-up table displays to assist in communicating the key messages to the larger audience. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are delivering this workshop on-line through Zoom. Please connect with Bernadette Swanson, if you’d like to set up a zoom presentation.

Bernadette Swanson
Phone: 587-635-3051 | Free 1-877-471-2171 | Email

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
Address: 18104 – 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5S 1S7

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