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January 17, 2007 09:58 ET

PSEPC: Minister Day Announces, in Wendake, $356,550 for Crime Prevention Projects in Aboriginal Communities in Quebec

QUEBEC, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced a total of $356,550 in funding to support two crime prevention community-based projects, one for the community of Wendake and the other for First Nation communities in Quebec.

"Canada's New Government is providing support to Quebec's youth at risk and helping to prevent them from committing crimes or joining gangs," said Minister Day. "These projects will support Quebec's Aboriginal communities, such as Wendake, and encourage Aboriginal youth to make positive and healthy life choices," he added.

"I am grateful to the aboriginal organizations from my constituency who work together with the federal government to help prevent criminal activities in the Quebec Region. It is with this kind of partnership that we will be able to build a more equitable and secure society", said the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for the Quebec Region.

The Conseil en education des Premieres Nations du Quebec is receiving $100,000 for its Nutapinanu project, which is aimed at strengthening sustainable community action to support the prevention of violence and substance abuse. It will raise awareness among Aboriginal adolescents with regard to staying in school by providing examples of positive role models. The project will give young people the opportunity to participate in the production of a series of thirteen television programs. The half-hour shows will be lead by two aboriginal youth and filmed in six communities. It will be broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and on the Canal Savoir.

Similarly, the Centre de sante Marie-Paule-Sioui-Vincent is receiving $256,550 for its Parentochtone project, which is aimed at maintaining and helping develop parenting skills in order to prevent juvenile delinquency, crime and victimization in Aboriginal families in the Wendake community. Studies have shown a strong correlation between neglect, abuse, poor parental skills and teen drug use. Often, the first step toward delinquency and criminal behaviour is teen drug use.

Today's event follows a $10 million crime prevention announcement made on November 6, 2006 to support community-based crime prevention initiatives in Quebec that address crime and street gang issues, through the National Crime Prevention Centre. Canada's New Government is getting things done for Quebec by increasing community action to prevent crime, develop and share knowledge of effective crime prevention strategies, and coordinate multi-level support for crime prevention.

For more information on crime prevention programs and initiatives introduced by Canada's New Government, please visit www.tacklingcrime.ca

For more information, visit: www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety and
    Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863