Provincial funding for Okanagan domestic violence programming

The Okanagan Indian Band is one of two area groups receiving provincial funding for domestic violence programming. Jim Lenton / Global News

The provincial government is giving $135,000 dollars to Okanagan groups to address domestic violence and its impacts.

The Okanagan Indian Band is receiving just less than half of that money to run a canoeing program.

“[It’s] a three-day canoe journey ending at a traditional gathering place to build respectful relationships and work on skills to prevent conflict, abuse and violence,” says the province in a press release.

The province says the remainder of the funds will go to Kelowna’s Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society to start a program, “for participants to discuss the impacts and trauma of domestic violence and participate in culture-based healing activities.”

Provincial funding is also being distributed to other groups around the province to do the same type of work within other B.C. Aboriginal communities.

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The money is part of the province’s plan to tackle domestic violence in British Columbia. That plan, announced almost two years ago, earmarked $2 million for domestic violence services geared towards Aboriginal people.

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