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Critics cry foul over federal funding for family violence in NWT



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Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs
APTN National News
Thirteen people have been murdered in the Northwest Territories due to family violence since 2009.

That’s from a video clip produced by the government of Northwest Territories for a campaign that has been running for three years.

The goal is to see a shift around gender-based violence.

But according to frontline workers little has changed.

That may have something to do with federal funding.

Lyda Fuller, executive director of YWCA Yellowknife, said the Northwest Territories is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to funding.

“If the federal government would improve the funding instead of doing it per capita because the population is so small we might actually be able to build new shelters,” said Fuller.

In 2016, the feds allocated close to $90 million to build or renovate shelters and transitional housing.

Each of the territories received just under $500,000.

 

cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca

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