Groundbreaking Montreal one-stop drop-in centre designed for Indigenous women after sexual assault – CTV News

Groundbreaking Montreal one-stop drop-in centre designed for Indigenous women after sexual assault – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202140 Views

MONTREAL — A new space in Montreal, just getting its final touches, is unlike any the city has had before.

It was inspired by two stark sets of facts. First, Indigenous people in Montreal are disproportionately likely to experience sexual violence.

Second, many Indigenous people don’t feel comfortable going to the police—especially if they’re women, transgender or Two-Spirit.

What could help? The founders of something called the Iskweu Project hope their new drop-in centre, meant for those three groups in particular, will make a big difference.

“At the end of the day it’s really difficult for a lot of Indigenous people to go to the regular services that are offered because they may not be culturally appropriate, they may not speak the language,” said one of the project’s founders, Jessica Quijano.

Read More: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/groundbreaking-montreal-one-stop-drop-in-centre-designed-for-indigenous-women-after-sexual-assault-1.5325187

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