Mobile connectivity empowers Indigenous women in Quebec


TELUS and Quebec First Nations Women's Liaison are breaking new ground for the safety of Indigenous peoples

A transformative initiative is underway in Quebec. TELUS Communications Inc. is collaborating with Quebec First Nations Women's Space (QFNWS) to provide an essential service to Indigenous women at high risk of violence. As part of the Mobility for Good program for at-risk Indigenous women, TELUS offers free smartphones and data plans, becoming a lifeline for these women, giving them safe access to vital services.

The program responds to alarming statistics from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls that show Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by violence, murder and disappearances. The initiative aims to address this crisis by ensuring Indigenous women have reliable means to reach emergency services, support networks and virtual wellness resources.

Commitment to community and promotion of reconciliation efforts recognized

TELUS positions itself as a socially responsible company that strives to contribute to the safety and well-being of women in the communities in which it operates. Nathalie Dionne, regional vice president at TELUS, reinforced the company's commitment to community service and promoting safe environments where Indigenous women can thrive.

A collective step forward for inclusive anti-violence services

Marjolaine Étienne, president of Quebec Native Women, praised TELUS's new initiative, which coincides with reconciliation actions and highlights the importance of accessible communications for the safety of Indigenous women. The collaboration also focuses on anti-violence services and seeks rapid access to essential support systems.

Connect Forever: A Wider Impact

This initiative is part of the broader Connecting for Good portfolio at TELUS, which has supported over 460,000 individuals to date. This includes various demographic-specific programs designed to leverage TELUS' leading technology to serve foster youth, low-income seniors, people with disabilities and now the Indigenous women of Quebec who desperately need connectivity and support.

TELUS' long-standing commitment to providing world-class services reflects its deep commitment to driving social change through technology and human kindness, thereby significantly improving the quality of life and safety of vulnerable populations across Canada.

Importance of mobile connectivity for Indigenous women in Quebec

Mobile connectivity has become an essential aspect of modern life, particularly for marginalized groups such as Indigenous women in Quebec. The TELUS and QFNWS initiative is critical as it directly addresses the lack of access to technology, which is a barrier to receiving timely help and support. Ensuring that this vulnerable group has both the hardware (smartphones) and services (data plans) they need to communicate can empower them through improved access to emergency services, social support and information networks.

Important questions and answers

1. How does mobile connectivity improve the safety of Indigenous women in Quebec?
The provision of smartphones and data plans improves Indigenous women's ability to contact emergency services, access support groups, and receive virtual wellness resources, thereby improving safety and well-being.

2. What role does TELUS play in community service to Indigenous populations?
TELUS actively provides technology and services to Indigenous communities to bridge the digital divide and ensure secure access to essential communications services.

Challenges and Controversies

A key challenge is ensuring that there is persistent and reliable connectivity in rural or remote indigenous communities where women are at risk. Infrastructure may not always be available and the logistics of maintaining service are complex. Another controversy surrounds the approach to addressing the deeper systemic issues that contribute to the vulnerability of Indigenous women – it is important to recognize that technology is only one part of a comprehensive solution.

advantages and disadvantages

– Increased safety through immediate access to emergency and support services.
– Empowering indigenous women by providing means of communication and information.
– Promote wellness resources through virtual platforms.

– Reliance on technology that may not always be reliable in remote areas.
– The potential to overlook non-technological aspects of systemic issues facing Indigenous communities.
– The risk of privacy and security concerns for users.

For more information on this topic, see the following related links:

Indigenous Services Canada
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs of Canada

TELUS' commitment and actions to enable mobile connectivity signal a positive step in supporting Indigenous communities' access to communication and alignment with broader societal efforts to reconcile and empower Indigenous women.