The shelter is a Non Profit entity under Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Management organization includes Administration, and Building Organization and Client Services.
Shelter Program Description
The Program Plan at Fort Albany Women’s Shelter has three components:
1. A residential shelter which provides a safe and caring environment for Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal women and their children in a time of crisis.
2. A non-residential short-term counselling/support component to assist women in times of difficulty.
3. Provide programming to the clients of the shelter and to the communities we serve.
The target population for Fort Albany Women’s Shelter will be domestic violence and other crisis’s for Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal women sixteen years of age and over with or without children.
The short-term counselling/support services offered will primarily focus on orienting and linking women and their children to services that they may need to assist them in the management of their lives.
The basic orientation of Fort Albany Women’ Shelter is to maximize the use of existing community resources and thus, it is linked into many community networks. The Shelter will have up to date information Fort Albany Women’s Shelter on services provided by other agencies in the community and its total area.
All self-identified women (including two-spirited, cisgender or transgender women) 16 years of age and older, with or without dependents, who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence and/or abuse will be provided with access to emergency shelter services regardless of their ability, age, class, immigration status, race, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs, ethno-cultural background, Indigenous identity, mental health needs, use of substances or current living arrangements.
"A place to be safe and comfortable"
Our Shelter's Mission is to provide short-term safety to persons who are experiencing domestic violence and provide them with education on forms of abuse in a way that is respectful of their cultural and/or religious beliefs.
We believe that it is the right of every Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal women to live without fear of physical, sexual, financial, spiritual, and emotional abuse. We believe that all people have the right to decide for themselves the direction of their lives according to their own values and needs. We believe that women in our society, when relieved from the pressures of an abusive home environment, can develop to their full potential, to live a full and rich life when given the opportunity, encouragement and support by society. We believe that Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal women have the right to be provided with culturally sensitive services based on a model that reflects an Aboriginal, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal vision of women, children and family.