Question Period: Violence Against First Nations Women

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government claims to care about violence against first nations women, but its actions tell a different story. Iqaluit has the highest rate of domestic violence in Canada, but when it comes to funding, the only woman's shelter in the territory, the cupboard is bare. Yet again, Conservatives are ignoring the most vulnerable.

When will the government members stand up to protect first nations women? When will they put their money where their mouths are?

Hon. Chuck Strahl Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, Cons): Mr. Speaker, it is tremendously important that we address the issue of violence against aboriginal women. That is why we announced in the last budget $10 million specifically for that. That will be rolling out shortly...