Conservative Party of Canada response to Question 4

Question:  What is your party’s position on the ‘improved’ Urban Aboriginal Strategy adopted in April 2014?

Question:  What policies will your party propose to support urban Aboriginals and help urban Aboriginals participate in the shared prosperity of our community?

Question:  How will your party foster reconciliation and healing with our Aboriginal population and how will you foster greater understanding and cooperation between our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations?

Question:  Do you support an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women?

Answer:  We have a strong record of support for urban Aboriginal programming. In February 2014, our Conservative government announced improvements to the annual $53 million federal Urban Aboriginal Strategy. With these changes we provided greater support to the National Association of Friendship Centres to offer programs and services that align with the priority of increasing the participation of urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada's economy.

We have also provided significant support to urban Aboriginals through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), which was renewed in Economic Action Plan 2015.

Since 2006, our Government has also provided support to urban Aboriginal youth through the Youth Employment Strategy, with current investments of over $330 million per year. Through this Strategy, more than 600,000 youth, including recent post-secondary graduates, summer students and youth at risk, have benefitted from programming designed to enhance their skills and facilitate a successful transition into the labour force.

In regards to violence against Aboriginal women and girls, our position is clear: the causes of the high levels of violent crime against Aboriginal women and girls have been well established in a number of previous studies and reports. This is why we continue to focus our efforts on taking concrete action. Our Government took further steps to address the issue of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in our September 2014 Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls.

The Action Plan includes a range of measures, totaling nearly $200 million over five years to address crimes against Aboriginal women and girls and builds on our Government’s earlier investments to improve community safety, and to enhance the justice system and law enforcement response to cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

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