Workshop aims to bridge gaps to First Nations

The Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is hosting a one-day workshop on May 31.

  • May. 25, 2016 10:00 a.m.

The Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is hosting a one-day workshop on “Gaining Cultural Competence in working with indigenous victims of crime” on May 31.

The workshop is being held thanks to the financial support of a grant from Canada’s Department of Justice under the department’s victims fund.

The workshop is being held during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, which has as a goal to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime.

“The CWAV Society is excited to be hosting this workshop,” said executive director Jane Sterk.

“Like many service providers, CWAV sees a disproportionate number of First Nations clients. This training will help us and others increase our cultural competence and learn new skills for working with indigenous people.”

Sterk said the workshop will provide attendees with a fresh look at the complex context in which the victimization of indigenous peoples has occurred to better understand the multiple factors that influence the society’s relationships with its First Nations clients.

The workshop will be held at the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 31. It costs $25. To register, go to www.cwav.org.

For more information, contact Jane Sterk at exec.dir@cwav.org or 250-748-7000.