Indigenous and Black ladies, ladies of colour (IBPOC) and their households will see continued help from the native non-profit group Assist Community for Indigenous Ladies and Ladies of Shade (SNIWWOC), because of a $50,000 grant from the Province.
The grant was awarded for a challenge referred to as Get Your Groceries that will increase entry to wholesome meals. Within the post-pandemic restoration interval, IBPOC ladies have been disproportionately affected by job loss and are struggling to deliver residence healthful meals amid components equivalent to hovering meals costs and restricted entry to autos.
“Non-profits work tirelessly to ship vital and culturally applicable companies to folks that want them,” stated Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Neighborhood Growth and Non-Earnings. “We’re so happy to help SNIWWOC within the vital work it does, delivering nutritious meals to IBPOC ladies and their youngsters.”
The group focuses its efforts on supporting the well being and wellness of IBPOC ladies. Extra just lately, it has targeted on responding to the results of the COVID-19 pandemic that triggered elevated household violence, ladies’s financial instability and compromised psychological and sexual well being. These results have been extra prevalent for IBPOC ladies because of systemic discrimination and inequities. SNIWWOC has served greater than 4,000 ladies since 2014.
“We’re grateful for the help of the Province and grateful for the chance to supply Indigenous ladies and ladies of colour companies which can be deeply wanted as all of us get well from the pandemic,” stated Boma Brown, founder and govt director, SNIWWOC.
All through the pandemic, SNIWWOC has additionally been offering free mental-health and profession counselling, domestic-violence and addictions workshops, a food-security program and COVID-19 care packages.
“It is nice to see native organizations receiving grants to allow them to proceed to ship vital, culturally applicable companies that help the well being and wellness of marginalized communities,” stated Rob Fleming, MLA for Victoria-Swan Lake. “These companies are vital to the individuals who rely upon them and it is vital that folks have entry inside the communities the place they dwell.”
Since TogetherBC, BC’s poverty-reduction technique, was launched in 2019, the Ministry of Social Growth and Poverty Discount has offered nearly $26 million to planning and implementing poverty discount and meals safety in communities all through BC, together with First Nations communities.
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TogetherBC, BC’s Poverty Discount Technique:
Be taught extra about SNIWWOC: https://www.sniwwoc.ca