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Ontario Pledges $100M To Help End Violence Against Indigenous Women

02/23/2016 12:21 EST | Updated 02/23/2017 05:12 EST
TORONTO — Ontario will spend $100 million over the next three years on a long-term strategy to end violence against indigenous women.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says indigenous women are three time more likely to face violence and to be murdered than other women in Ontario.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to reporters at the summer meeting of Canada's premiers in St. John's in July, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Vaughan/CP)

The strategy, called Walking Together, is part of the Liberal government's broader action plan to end sexual violence and harassment.

It will include support for children, youth and families, new police training and a public education campaign, as well as a survivor-oriented plan to prevent human trafficking.

The provincial strategy also incorporates a number of the Calls to Action from the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Wynne says the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls will take time, so Ontario will move forward in the interim.

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