Giving Voice Call for Proposals

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The Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW) is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the Giving Voice 2019-2020 - 2020-2021 project.

Funding is available for community groups and organizations who want to host or participate in community-based events that would “Give Voice” to stopping violence against Indigenous women and girls, as well as assist with community mobilization and implementation.


In Canada, one in two Indigenous women is a victim of violence. However, despite representing a small percentage of the overall population, Indigenous women are three times more likely to be victims of violence, and those violent situations are eight times more likely to end in homicide.

Violence against Indigenous women exists for a variety of reasons, including patriarchal and discriminatory legislation implemented by past governments – leading to historical and ongoing oppression – residential schools, and systemic racism and sexism.

The Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW):

The Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation created the MACIW in June 2011 to provide advice to the Government of British Columbia on how to improve the quality of life of Indigenous women across BC. Additional information, including the terms of Reference is available at About MACIW.

MACIW’s Guiding Principles: 

  • Community driven and community-based: the voices of Indigenous women, men and children must be heard, and this will ensure that strategies and initiatives are truly responsive; services are accessible and where appropriate community-based.
  • Integrity: drawing on Indigenous cultures and traditions is essential to creating culturally appropriate policies and programs.
  • Partnership: collaboration, partnership and coordination at the community, regional, provincial and federal levels are needed to end violence.
  • Awareness: sharing our knowledge, history, skills and understanding will build support and momentum for ending violence.
  • Safety: special attention must be made to ensure that all services and supports for Indigenous women and girls are provided in ways that support their physical and emotional safety.

There are many strong, courageous individuals and organizations that work diligently to stop violence against women and girls. To add to these efforts, the MACIW launched Giving Voice in 2013 a project that “gives voice” to issues of violence within their lives, families and communities. Giving Voice community-led projects provide opportunities for healing that aim to stop violence by changing behaviours and attitudes and mobilizing communities.

For more information about the project go to the Giving Voice Video and the Giving Voice Final Report 2013-2016.

Call for Proposals - Giving Voice 2019/2020 and 2020/2021:

The MACIW in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is once again offering the Giving Voice project for 2019/20 - 2020/21. The Online Application can be found here and the accompanying Guidelines here.

Here are the highlights:

  • The project is open to applicants from First Nations Bands, Indigenous Friendship Centres, Indigenous Non-profit organizations and Indigenous on or off-reserve (urban or rural) groups working at the community level.
  • Projects that are approved can be funded up to $20,000 and take place over one year (2019/20) or two years (2019/20 - 2020/21).
  • Important dates:
    • Applications must be completed by January 14, 2019
    • One-year projects must be completed no later than March 31, 2020
    • Two-year projects must be completed no later than March 31, 2021

To be considered, all applications must include:

  • A completed online application form that includes a description of your project and how MACIW’s principles are reflected; and
  • A basic budget

For those applicants without internet connectivity or if you have any questions, would like help, or would like to explore other options such as submitting an oral or recorded submission, please contact Souie no later than December 17, 2018.