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The Aboriginal Women in Transition Living Support Strategy (AWTLSS) provided a framework and blueprint for the future of BRAWC and our activities. The primary focus of the strategy was the establishment of a transition house to support Aboriginal women and their children in rebuilding safe, healthy and economically independent lives. A secondary component is to network and collaborate between Aboriginal and mainstream services in order to better meet the needs of our women.

 

 

Research acquired through a needs assessment and the AWTLSS strategy both emphasized the importance of the connection between economic ability/opportunity and affordable housing. This research provided the impetus for BRAWC to develop an education, training and employment initiative. An identified high priority was the need for opportunities that would assist Aboriginal women in acquiring necessary skills and knowledge through personal empowerment, education and employment.

In January 2007, the Aboriginal Women’s Education, Training and Employment Bridging Transition Project was initiated. This project is designed to build a bridge between educational institutions, employers and Aboriginal women. Between 2008-2010 we were able to implement this project and the success rate was phenomenal.


In 2013, we opened Biminaawzogin Transition Homes and have been operating transitional supportive housing for Aboriginal women and children. 

 

 

The Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle (BRAWC) was established in 2000 as a regional body composed of Aboriginal women's organizations and individual Aboriginal women's located across Simcoe Country and northern York region. BRAWC was incorporated in 2006 and our mission is: "embracing the teachings of our ancestors and our gifts, we will support our women and women's organizations working together as a unified voice to empower and promote healthy women, families and communities".


The name Biminaawzogin was given by an Elder, signifying the carrying role that women have in their families and communities.