Project Non-violence

The Promotion of Non-Violence and the Native Women Shelters Network is an important issue for Quebec Native Women (QNW). It is the oldest file at QNW, which was the first organization to denounce violence in Indigenous communities in Quebec.QNW’s action prioritizes a systemic analysis of the causes of this violence, raising awareness about family violence within communities and organizations, promoting a culturally safer approach that takes into account all community members.QNW works closely with the Native Women Shelters Network, comprised of 15 urban and community-based shelters.


The materials below are designed to equip workers who work with Indigenous women, girls, two-spirited people and families in abusive situations. You will find:


Resources directories

Awareness tools and campaigns

Educational materials for social workers



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  • "Meeting of the Native Shelters Network of Quebec"

    Report from the Network's last meeting on April 14, 2022. Some twenty women gathered at a meeting of the Native Shelters Network of Quebec held at the Sheraton Hotel in Montreal.

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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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  • Native Shelters Network of Quebec

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

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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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    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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  • 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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  • Series of illustrations entitled ''It's Not Right!''

    Toolkit developped by the FNQLSSC. Series of illustrations entitled “It’s Not right!” addressing themes aimed at countering the trivialization of family violence and raising awareness of the various forms it can take, such as verbal and psychological violence, manipulation, jealousy, consent, elder abuse, etc.

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  • Social and Emotional Learning among Quebec's Aboriginal Students

    Educational tool developped by Jasmin Roy Foundation along with many collaborators. It provides concrete ways for teachers to promote their students' social and emotional learning.

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  • Directory of family violence resources for caseworkers in First Nations communities in Quebec

    This directory was prepared by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) and is intended for caseworkers in First Nations communities and organizations in Quebec who work with victims of domestic violence.

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  • Parent-Child sheets: I'll Take Over!

    Created by Marie Vincent Foundation and the Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw, the Lantern Awacic program is a sexual violence prevention program aimed at preschool-aged children and the adults in their lives.

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  • Masko the Adventurous Teddy Bear!

    Created by Marie Vincent Foundation and the Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw. Masko is an educational, interactive game about preventing sexual violence against young children, and the promotion of respectful relationships.

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  • Tool for developing a safety plan for caseworkers working with victims of family violence

    Developed by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC), this tool is intended for caseworkers who want to help victims of violence consider various aspects, and identify possible means of ensuring their safety.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Campaign: Ignore Violence and you'll see the Effects for Generations

    Campaign developed by the Secrétariat aux Affaires Autochtones, with the following collaborators: the Quebec Association of Native Friendship Centres, Saturviit Inuit Inuit Women's Association of Nunavik, Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association and Quebec Native Women. Posters available in different Indigenous languages.

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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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  • Preventing All Forms of Violence Against Children: Practical Guide for Parents

    Guide developed by ESPACE For a Safe Childhood Free from Violence. This tool offers ways for parents to enable their children to develop strategies that will reinforce their self-assertiveness, self-confidence, courage and the ability to help each other, as a form of violence prevention.

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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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  • Origins of Lateral Violence in Aboriginal Communities

    Tool developped by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation's latest publication—Origins of Lateral Violence in Aboriginal Communities: A preliminary study of student-to-student abuse in residential schools—is the first to look at peer abuse in the residential schools. Drawing from the professional expertise of service providers who were interviewed for this work, Origins of Lateral Violence in Aboriginal Communities is intended to be a starting point for a discussion on a very sensitive topic.

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

    Tool developed by the Quebec Association of Native Friendship Centres. Short video on psychological abuse on elders.

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  • Cultural, Digital, Financial Abuse

    Tool developed by weRnative. Short video on the different types of abuse: cultural, digital, financial.

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  • Teen Dating Violence

    Tool developed by weRnative. Short video about how to help someone in an unhealthy relationships.

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  • Homophobic parents

    Tool developed by weRnative. Auntie explains how to cope with abusive/homophobic parents.

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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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  • It's not violent

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

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  • The Decolonial Toolbox : an Educational Pathway

    Tool developed as the result of a multi-year collaboration between Concordia University’s Office of Community Engagement, Mikana and the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK. The first tool, of the Decolonial Toolbox, offers to the general public an Educational Pathway to understand historical and contemporary Indigenous realities.

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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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  • "Wapikoni Teaching Guide: An introduction to the diversity of Indigenous cultures in Canada"

    "Tool developped by Wapikoni and UNESCO. This guide was designed to provide ready-to-use material that could be adapted
    based on the grade level and the subject matter being taught. Each theme has
    been sorted into a general theme and assigned a distinct colour to help the
    teacher find it more easily."

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