Project Non-violence

Promotion of non-violence and Women shelters is the oldest case at QNW. QNW was the first organization to denounce the violence lived by Indigenous women in their communities within Quebec. The action of QNW revolved around the analysis of the causes of such violence, awareness of family violence within the community and outside by promoting a non-violent problem resolution that takes all the members of the community into account. QNW also works towards collaborating with Indigenous women and men’s shelters.


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    Indigenous Violence from past to present
    Duration : 3h
    Public: Groups (ex. group of intervention workers, group of Social Work students, etc.)
    Introduction workshop on Indigenous realities with a focus on colonial policies and their contemporary impacts (Indian Act, residential schools, Sixties Scoop, missing and murdered children, etc.) Discussion with QNW’s coordinators about today’s colonial reality. More workshops are available.

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    This second edition serves as a resource directory in family violence prevention and support for Quebec First Nations.
    This guide includes a customizable section to add information about local resources available in your community. Resources are separated in different tabs: Domestic & Family Violence and cyberbullying, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Health & Wellness & Suicide Prevention, Justice & Rights and Recourses.

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    This booklet offers an analysis of family violence in an Indigenous context. It also describes the Indigenous shelters' mandates.

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  • Ishkuteu: Domestic Violence Intervention for Native Women

    This document presents a consultation on training needs in both Native and non-Native resources. The goal is to determine how shelter workers’ approaches and intervention practices could be adapted to better respond to the needs of Native women.

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  • Awareness Campaign on Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Time of Pandemic

    Series of 5 videos on Violence against Indigenous Women in the context of a pandemic: how to recognize the causes and consequences of domestic violence, how to get help, and a solidarity movement.

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  • Our history, past and present

    This short video, made by Percolab, presents the historical and social context that is at the origin of the problem of sexual assault in First Nations communities.
    The video was presented during the First Nations Forum on Sexual Assault, which took place in Québec City from March 27th to 29th 2018.

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  • Native Shelters Network of Quebec

    Map of the Native Shelters Network of Quebec. Last updated in 2021.

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  • Guidelines for Research with Aboriginal Women

    The purpose of this tool is to help manage the many research proposals received and make informed decisions on whether or not to become involved in those projects. The guidelines also outline an approach that will help establish a transparent, equal and mutually respectful relationship between the researchers and the Aboriginal women concerned.

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  • Preventing Spousal Homicide : Pamphlet for workers who work with First Nations and Inuit

    Tool developed by the FNQLHSSC. This pamphlet was produced for workers who work with Aboriginal clienteles. It is an intervention tool that has been adapted from the tools contained in the guide Intervening with men to prevent spousal homicide.

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  • First Nations in Quebec Teenage Violence Prevention Kit - Facilitator's Guide. Because I care for you...NO violence

    Tool developed by the FNQLHSSC. The kit contains information and videos that can assist you in holding activities with your respective clienteles. We see the problem of violence in every society in the world, and the Aboriginal communities in Quebec are no exception. Violence is also a disturbing phenomenon that affects many young people. The evolution of this problem is cause for great concern and demands concrete prevention actions. This kit, developed to increase awareness of violence and to promote the adoption of positive attitudes and relationships among young people, is a step in this direction. This program is meant as a pedagogical resource which you can adapt for various uses, including support for violence prevention and awareness activities.

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  • Because I care for you, no violence

    Video series created by the FNQLHSSC. Videos associated with the facilitator's guide ''Because I care for you... no violence''

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  • Daring to break the silence for individual, family and community healing

    Tool developed by the CAVAC Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. An information and explicative guide to denouncing violence, including legal proceedings.

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  • Indigenous families talking about inter-generational effects

    Tool developed by Moose Hide Campaign. Facilitated by Elaine and Vince Kicknosway, this workshop addresses the inter-generational affects/effects with the 7 grandfather teachings / how we as individuals and families can bring awareness to our behaviours interrelated to the ongoing resilience and love for ourselves.

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  • ANANGOSH: Legal Information Manual for Shelter Workers

    Tool developed by the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence (NACAFV). This manual is designed to help Indigenous women and service providers address key aspects of violence, as well as understand Indigenous women’s legal rights on matters related to leaving a violent relationship. It discusses legal tools for women’s safety, and provides information about relevant legal protections. The manual begins with an explanation of the rights-based framework to addressing violence against Indigenous women, and of the historical and social context that impacts Indigenous women in Canada.

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  • Resources for Shelter Workers Providing Services to First Nations Women

    Tool developed by the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence (NACAFV). This document is intended for the use of shelter workers who provide services to First Nations women in Canada. The document details legal services, provincial/territorial government services, INAC regional branches, provincial/territorial Human Rights commissions, and general resources.

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  • Ending Violence in Aboriginal Communities: Best Practices in Aboriginal Shelters and Communities

    Tool developed by the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence (NACAFV). A summary report based on consultations with twelve on-reserve women's shelters from across the country. In addition to best practices, the report also considers barriers and challenges, shelter profiles, observations and conclusions.

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  • Clear Skies A Family Violence Story

    Tool developed by Indigenous Story Studio. Clear Skies tells the story of Marnie and her kids who live with family violence. With the support of her community, and by learning her legal options, Marnie is able to leave an abusive relationship. Clear Skies is Marnie’s story.

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  • Lighting Up The Darkness – youth in care

    Tool developed by Indigenous Story Studio. Jenny returns to her community after living in the city with her aunt and uncle. While visiting family, she has a series of painful flashbacks to when she was a little girl. Jenny’s story is one girl’s struggle. But many youth will be able to relate to events in her young life.

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  • It's not violent

    Tool developed by SOS Violence Conjugale. Posters on domestic violence, available in different Indigenous languages.

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  • Yayenra - Right, respect and Indigenous elders - Financial abuse

    Tool developed by the Regroupement des Centres d'Amitié Autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ). Short video on financial abuse on elders.

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  • Indigenous women's rights advocate Mary Two-Axe Earley

    Video created by CBC News. Mary Two-Axe Earley was a trailblazer for Indigenous women's rights, but her legacy is still unknown by many Canadians.

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  • We Matter: Toolkit for Support Workers

    Toolkit developed by We Matter. A step by step guide on how you can introduce the We Matter Campaign to a young person, as well as guide conversations on
    hope, culture, and strength using Indigenous voices and perspectives.

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  • We Matter: Mini Toolkit

    Toolkit developed by We Matter. Mental health, addiction, bullying, suicide, and sadness can be difficult to talk about with Indigenous youth. But talking about these issues is so important, because they’re all challenges many of us will struggle with."

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  • 231 Calls for Justice

    Tool developed by Iskweu. As the evidence gathered by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls demonstrates, human rights and Indigenous rights abuses committed and condoned by the Canadian state represent genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. 

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