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- The first Aboriginal Agricultural Initiatives Co-ordinator was appointed in June 2003.
- Self-sufficiency in food production was promoted in northern communities.
- The Hydro Northern Training Initiative — the first large scale Aboriginal human resource strategy in northern Manitoba, planned, designed and implemented through joint consultation and full participation of the communities involved to prepare northern Aboriginals for employment opportunities on proposed hydroelectric generating stations projects. Over five years, 1,115 individuals will be trained. Taking into account factors such as attrition, this is expected to result in over 790 construction and related jobs on these projects.
- Aboriginal apprenticeship community based training began in September 2002. As of December 2004, there were 702 active self-declared Aboriginal apprentices. Fifteen percent of all active apprentices in Manitoba are Aboriginal — an increase of about 17 percent over the number reported in April of 2004.
- Approval and funding for new educational programs including: intakes of 25 additional Aboriginal students in the Bachelor of Social Work ACCESS Program for each of three years beginning in 2003, a part-time Master of Social Work distance education program for 20 students working with child welfare agencies serving Aboriginal communities; a diploma in Aboriginal Self-Governance Administration to be offered by the University College of the North.
Persons with disabilities
- Income assistance and support services were provided to an average monthly caseload of 31,446 for provincial Employment and Income Assistance; 1,150 for Municipal Assistance; and 32,091 for Health Services (including children in care and persons with disabilities).
- Income Supplement benefits were provided to 12,741 seniors under 55 PLUS and 1,153 families under the Child Related Income Support Program;
- An average of 11,568 children were subsidized each four-week reporting period under the Child Care Subsidy Program; of these, an average of 2,469 (or 21 percent) were children of parents supported by Employment and Income Assistance.
- Under shelter allowances programs, 3,076 elderly renters received average monthly benefits of $74.00 per household and 991 family renters received average monthly benefits of $129.00 per household.
- Increasing basic income assistance rates by $20 per month per adult for non-disabled single adults and childless couples and for all adults in the persons with disabilities and aged categories, effective January 2004. This change benefited 27,915 adults and increased their income assistance by $240 per year per person.
- Not reducing income assistance benefits for persons with disabilities (including children) who live in the community and receive a lump-sum payment — such as an inheritance or life insurance settlement — if a trust fund is set up to purchase equipment or services to improve quality of life (effective April 2003). These trust funds can accumulate up to a lifetime limit of $100,000.
- Increasing board and room rates by two percent for individuals requiring care and supervision or living in residential care facilities, in July 2003, and again in October 2004.
- amendments to Manitoba's Employment Standards Code (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/e110e.php) to provide for up to eight weeks of unpaid compassionate care leave and to provide better protection for workers returning from maternity, parental or compassionate care leave;
- basic foster care rates were increased by 2.5 percent effective July 1, 2003. Seven hundred and fifty-four foster children were supported by the Subsidy Program for special social needs.
- child care funding increased by $6 million (including nearly $1 million from the Government of Canada);
- new operating grant funding for 788 child care spaces;
- increased funding for the Child Care Subsidy Program and for child care centres, homes and nursery schools;
- Growth in child care spaces since 2000-2001
(not including children with disabilities)
- Amendments to The Domestic Violence and Stalking Prevention, Protection and Compensation Act (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/d093e.php) to extend civil protective remedies to situations where family members have not lived together and to dating relationships.
- The Domestic Violence Front End Project, which has dramatically reduced the amount of time required to prosecute domestic violence offences.
- Re-organization and amalgamation of victims services for the province.
- Establishment of "A Women's Place" Legal Clinic.
- The Family Violence Prevention Program Web site: http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/family_
- A comprehensive review and improvement of the emergency children's shelter system in Winnipeg, in collaboration with the Children's Advocate.
- Supported Living Program activities to increase the safety and well-being of persons with disabilities living in the community through training, information and funding of initiatives.
Right to adequate housing
- The Northern Healthy Foods Initiative was established in the City of Thompson.
- The Provincial Mental Health Advisory Council was reconstituted as a consumer and family member body.
- The following were established: the Mental Health Education Resource Centre of Manitoba; the Provincial Special Needs Unit — a specialized unit for high-risk complex individuals not adequately served by or eligible for existing services; the Early Intervention in Psychosis program; and a Program of Assertive Community Treatment, which has been identified as a best practice in Canada.
- The Manitoba Women's Health Strategy was released in 2000 (http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/women/index.html); Women's Health Consultations were held; and the Manitoba Cervical Cancer Screening Program was established.
- A Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias in Manitoba was released in 2002 (http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/documents/alzheimer.
- Advancing Age: Promoting Older Manitobans was released in 2003 (http://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/advancingage.html) and new personal care home standards were developed.
- Programs, training and resources respecting fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and 'at-risk' pregnant women were established. See Canada's Fifth Report on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights for details on these programs.
- A Children's Therapy Initiative was established to provide co-coordinated, regionally based services that allow children to reach their full potential, and a permanent Applied Behaviour Analysis program was established for pre-school children with autism.
- Manitoba has the highest rate in Canada for individuals newly diagnosed with end stage renal disease, at 17.6/100,000. Further expansion of renal health/dialysis services continues to occur in order to address increasing volumes.
- The Northern and Aboriginal Population Health and Wellness Institute was established in 2004. It has begun work in the areas of suicide, traditional healing and diabetes.
Persons with disabilities
- a position of Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities was established;
- "Full Citizenship: A Manitoba Provincial Strategy on Disability" was released in 2001 (http://www.gov.mb.ca/access/);
- the Disabilities Issues Office was established in December 2003; and
- two Round Tables on Disability Issues were hosted to provide people with disabilities with an opportunity to present feedback and suggestions concerning government policy and programs.
- The Safe Schools Charter was passed in June of 2004 (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/2004/
- Legislation was passed in June 2004 that ensures that all children, especially those with special needs, receive appropriate educational programming (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/2004/
- Integrating Aboriginal Perspectives into Curricula: A Resource for Curriculum Developers, Teachers and Administrators was released in 2003, initiating the workshop Incorporating Aboriginal Perspectives: A Theme-Based Curricular Approach.
- The Aboriginal Education Action Plan was developed in 2004 to increase access to and completion of post-secondary education, increase successful entry into and participation in the labour market and improve the research base for Aboriginal education and employment. Data tracking is fundamental to this initiative. (http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/abedu/action_plan/
- The University College of the North was established in July 2004, with a mandate to serve the educational needs of Aboriginal and northern Manitobans, and to enhance the social and economic well-being of northern Manitoba (http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/
Article 15: Right to Participate in Cultural Life and Benefit from Scientific Progress and the Protection of Authors' Rights
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