Victim Support Navigator
The Victim Support Navigator provides awareness, prevention and intervention regarding violence and sexual violence against urban aboriginal women by implementing culture, workshops and various activities. To broaden the awareness of violence against aboriginal women and the many lives that are taken by violence, we would advocate for the families and victims for instance by organizing memorials and vigils for families that lost a love one due to violence. It gives the sense of healing for the families and community by coming together to honour the life of that person.
When I look at what the Victim Support Navigator provides for women in the urban area, I turn to the teachings of the medicine wheel. It provides support to women to take care of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. I use many Mi'kmaw cultural practises such as smudging and by the help of elders to conduct healing circles and sweat lodge ceremonies to help women on their healing journey. The Victim Support Navigator is to provide a holistic program will connect women to community support and resources that will address the needs of women that were victims of violence and human trafficking. The program will assist and work with other programs and organizations to access housing, employment, counselling or counselling for addictions, service from Mi'kmaw Legal Support Network or legal aid, etc
In conjunction to what services the Victim Support Navigator provides its just as fundamental to build and maintain a positive relationship with Federal, Provincial, municipal departments as well as public officials, school representatives, the general public and community. To promote awareness on critical issues such as violence against women and missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls of Canada, it’s important to build a positive working relationship with government officials to receive support for these initiatives that create awareness and prevention in our community to ensure the safety of our aboriginal women and girls.