Province announces sexual violence strategy grant recipients

The province announced Monday that twenty-four community groups from across the province are receiving more than $630, 000 in Prevention Innovation Grants through Nova Scotia's Sexual Violence Strategy.   

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says the grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations, to reach out to their peers in innovative ways.

Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia (LOVE) is among those grant recipients and has been awarded $35,750 for the organization's work in Indian Brook. 

Sarah MacLaren, the Executive Director of Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia, says in 2016 the organization began offering a bi-weekly sweat lodge ceremony in the community. 

She says this grant will allow them to build a new tepee on the same property as the sweat lodge to help create a pro-social network, encourage intergenerational mentorship with elders, and provide the community with a safe space to gather and build a traditional means of well-being. 

The province also announced it is launching a new online training course that is free to Nova Scotians who would like to learn more about sexual violence and how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it.

The training is available on the Department of Community Services website.