April 24th, 2024

Native Women’s Association forced to lay off half its staff amid funding shortfall

By The Canadian Press on March 28, 2024.

Native Women's Association of Canada chief executive Lynne Groulx takes her seat after speaking during an event launching a graphic guide to genocide, Monday, June 19, 2023 in Ottawa. The association says it has been forced to lay off roughly half its workforce due to a major federal funding shortfall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – The Native Women’s Association of Canada says it was forced to lay off roughly half its workforce due to a major shortfall in federal funding.

The advocacy organization says it received grants totalling $48 million last year as part of Canada’s national apprenticeship program and other initiatives.

This year, revenue dropped to $10 million, with funding for staff falling from $11 million to $3 million.

As a result, the organization says it was forced to lay off 75 contract and permanent staff members, roughly half its workforce.

The organization is calling on the federal government to provide more stable core funding to ensure predictability in its advocacy efforts.

President Carol McBride says until that happens, their “financial hands are tied” as they do not have enough money to sustain current operations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2024.

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