February 4, 2016 5:07 pm

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
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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.

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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