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Province provides funding to help survivors of human trafficking

Province provides funding for human trafficking survivors in Northwestern Ontario.
Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle. (photo by: Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – The province is spending a little more than $3.2 million to help survivors of human trafficking in Northwestern Ontario.

Liberal MPPs Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro said the province will provide funding to help end human trafficking and support survivors through the Anti-Human Trafficking Community Support Fund.

The funding will help six initiatives that aim to prevent human trafficking in Northwestern Ontario.

In Northwestern Ontario this includes:

  • $1,849,048 for The Askode’ewin (Courage) Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking with Ontario Native Women’s Association.
  • $506,294 for Community Support to Survivors of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation with Kenora Sexual Assault Centre.
  • $348,975 for Healing Our Own – Anit Human Trafficking Program with Beendigen Inc.
  • $291,392 for Memengwaa Anjibimadizoke 'butterfly transforming into new life' Project with Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services.
  • $170,000 for Leading or Way with Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
  • $69,700 for Songs Beneath the Moon – A Cultural Poetic Narrative of Self Preservation with Indige-Spheres to Empowerment.

"(The) announcement will offer community partners access to opportunities that will help develop preventative strategies, education and awareness programs and support individuals who have been impacted by human trafficking,” Gravelle said in a release issued on Wednesday.