TELUS launches Mobility For Good For Indigenous Women At Risk

Today, TELUS announced the launch of Mobility for Good for Indigenous Women at Risk, a new program that provides free smartphones and data plans to Indigenous women who are at risk or surviving violence. As established by Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report on Missing Murdered and Indigenous Women, while Indigenous women and girls comprise only 4% of the total female population in Canada, they represent 24% of female homicide victims, and are 12 times more likely to be murdered or go missing than any other women. Developed in partnership and consultation with four Indigenous-led organizations in British Columbia and Alberta; Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA), BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), Prince George Native Friendship Centre (PGNFC), and Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC), Mobility for Good for Indigenous Women at Risk gives women a critical lifeline to timely emergency services, reliable access to virtual healthcare and wellness resources, and the ability to stay connected to their friends, family, and support networks. 

With the support of their partners, TELUS has already started distributing smartphones and plans to support Indigenous women in B.C and Alberta who are at risk or surviving violence. TELUS has committed to supporting 1,200 Indigenous women in B.C and Alberta and plans to partner with additional Indigenous-led organizations across Canada to expand the reach and impact of this program through 2022. 

TELUS Mobility for Good for Indigenous Women at Risk is part of the TELUS Connecting for Good portfolio of programs that gives marginalized Canadians access to TELUS’ world-leading technology. Additional programs include:

  • TELUS Internet for Good, offering high-speed Internet to qualified low-income families, people in-need living with disabilities and youth transitioning out of care for $9.95 per month
  • TELUS Mobility for Good, offering 20,000 youth transitioning from foster care a free smartphone and fully subsidized 3GB data plan for two years
  • TELUS Mobility for Good for Seniors, offering a subsidized mobility plan and discounted smartphone to low-income seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • TELUS Tech for Good, empowering Canadians with disabilities to independently use their smartphones and tablets and ultimately improve their quality of life through customized support, training and assistive technology
  • TELUS Health for Good, providing primary care, mental health and addiction support services directly to people in need and living on the streets through TELUS Mobile health clinics operating in 13 communities across Canada.

Last year, TELUS contributed 5% of their pre-tax profits to charitable organizations – a total of $85 million – to build healthier communities, along with more than $150 million in support of Covid-19 related initiatives. For the latest information about the TELUS Connected For Good programs please visit telus.com/connecting-canada.

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