Women and girls, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning are at an increased risk of experiencing family violence and its impacts. Family violence is a serious public health issue with long-lasting consequences for physical and mental health, not only for survivors, but for their families and society as well.
Today, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Health, I am pleased to announce support of $1,275,466 over five years to FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) for Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Indigenous Youth Experiencing Teen Dating Violence in the Northwest Territories.
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Canadians, and supporting survivors of violence through programs that help them to recover their physical and mental health. Family violence can range from physical abuse to emotional abuse and neglect, and can lead to various health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic illnesses. Public health programs play a role in preventing and responding to family violence by supporting the response of the health system to violence, and helping survivors rebuild their lives and regain their health.
“The Government of Canada is committed to taking action on violence. Through the work of numerous projects across the country funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, such FOXY’s Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Indigenous Youth, survivors of family violence will know they are not alone in rebuilding their lives and their health.”
Minister of Health
“FOXY is unique in that it is developed by young people who grew up in the Northwest Territories, using their own experiences to guide the development of this unique, youth-driven, tailored program. I look forward to what this innovative, pioneering program will continue to do for our youth.”
MP, Northwest Territories
“By educating and empowering young men and women across the Northwest Territories to build stronger, healthier relationships, FOXY can help break the cycles of violence that many Northern youth experience. This long-term commitment of funding by the Public Health Agency of Canada will provide organizational sustainability to the FOXY and SMASH programs as we deliver high-quality education that helps young people make healthier choices for themselves and their partners. We are so grateful to have the support of the Government of Canada, and look forward to a lasting partnership with a substantial impact on the North.”
Executive Director, FOXY/SMASH