The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre is getting $50,000 for a training program for women.
MLA Debbie Jabbour made the announcement Wednesday and says the money will help Indigenous women of all ages.
“Younger ones that perhaps have children that are in school or younger ones that need some support for childcare, even older women who are perhaps having a career change needing to get back into the workforce, so the intent of the program is to support that.”
The government funds will be put into a 16-week “Leading the Way” program and reflects the Indigenous 7 Sacred Teachings: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth.
Jabbour says the goal is to get Indigenous women to advance in business or run for office.
“And provide training for these women and help them get back into work or train them so they are more confident in taking leadership roles.”
The Friendship Centre will provide free childcare for participating mothers.
“This project is needed to improve the lives of Alberta women through development of knowledge and skills to increase economic security, leadership and democratic participation and to bring knowledge-sharing into the community. At present, there are no comprehensive programs that address gender inequalities through an interactional approach locally,” said Miranda Laroche, the centre’s Executive Director.