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27th Annual Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers


									Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat - News Release Ref: 830-959/004

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               27th Annual Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for the Status of
                                         Winnipeg, Manitoba - April 7-8, 2009


          WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 8, 2009 – Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Ministers responsible for the
          Status of Women gathered in Winnipeg from April 6 to 8, 2009, for their 27th annual meeting. During
          their talks, they identified the urgency of exploring ways to facilitate women’s labour force participation
          and economic security, considered actions toward improving the lives of Inuit, Métis and First Nations
          women, both on and off reserve, and discussed measures to address violence against women in Canada.

          The FPT Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to working to improve women’s economic security.
          While significant investments are being made in infrastructure, Ministers recognize the under
          representation of women in non-traditional employment. They agreed to share best practices and explore
          options for future work to strongly support women’s employment in fields such as engineering, trades and
          technology. Ministers discussed and agreed to share strategies for poverty reduction. They further agreed
          to continue discussions on these matters at next year’s FPT meeting.

          They discussed measures to increase women’s participation in the labour force, including proposed
          changes to maternity and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. PT Ministers will forward an
          economic analysis on the proposed changes to EI to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills
          Development Canada for consideration. A discussion paper will be developed on options for a modernized
          parental benefits plan to be presented at the June 2010 annual meeting.

          In discussing the situation of Aboriginal women, the FPT Ministers took stock of progress in areas of
          leadership, economic prosperity and violence since the first National Aboriginal Women’s Summit
          (NAWS) in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. They look forward to receiving the report from
          NAWS II, which took place in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 2008.

          Ministers support and join Prime Minister Harper in calling on the Afghan government, in the strongest
          terms, to honour its human rights treaty obligations under international law, including respect for the
          equality of all women before the law.

          Ministers also discussed a number of issues related to violence against women. The RCMP made a
          presentation to Ministers on human trafficking that outlined this growing international and domestic
          problem. Ministers acknowledged that trafficking manifests itself in different ways across the country, and
          that addressing this issue will require a multifaceted approach.

          Ministers also discussed how to promote a healthy, realistic body image for girls and young women in
          cooperation with the fashion industry and the media.

          The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), and
          the Honourable Nancy Allan, Manitoba Minister of Labour and Immigration, Minister responsible for
          Multiculturalism, Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister charged with the
          Administration of The Workers Compensation Act.[6/22/2009 1:34:45 PM]
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat - News Release Ref: 830-959/004

          Since their first meeting in 1981, FPT Ministers have met annually to explore ways to achieve equality for
          women, and to exchange information on issues affecting women in Canada, particularly in the areas of
          economic security, violence and human rights.

          The next annual meeting of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for the Status of Women
          will take place in Ontario, in June of 2010.

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          For more information, please contact:

          Nancy Bishay                                                      Diane Coble-Kendall
          Senior Special Assistant, Communications                          Communications Coordinator
          Office of the Minister of State                                   Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural
            (Status of Women)                                               Initiatives
          819-956-4000                                                      Status of Women Division, Manitoba
                                                                            Labour and Immigration

          Nanci-Jean Waugh
          Director General, Communications and
          Strategic Planning
          Status of Women Canada

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