Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

April 18, 2008 14:48 ET

The Government of Canada Provides Funding to Victims of Crime Support Services in Northern Saskatchewan

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, on behalf of Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Rob Nicholson, today announced $350,000 of federal funding over the next four years to establish the first-ever manager position for victims services in northern Saskatchewan.

"The Government of Canada is proud to step forward to support victims and their families in this country, which is why we are investing in this local initiative to establish a Northern Program Manager for victims services," said Mr. Clarke. "We believe the work of this manager will make a difference in the lives of victims and their families in northern Saskatchewan, by improving services and ensuring the services are available where and when they are needed."

The Northern Program Manager will:

- Work with and provide support to 12 community-based organizations and one municipal police service for the delivery of services;

- Supervise two Victim/Witness Services programs which assist children and other vulnerable witnesses;

- Work directly with communities and criminal justice system agencies to address problems and improve the criminal justice system's response to victims; and

- Develop new programs and services in response to the needs of individual communities.

"The Northern Manager will assist programs to better serve victims of crime in northern Saskatchewan by linking the Ministry with front-line Victims Services providers and the communities they serve," said Saskatchewan Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan. "We want victims of crimes to know there is help available for them and this federal funding, in conjunction with the program we already have, will help achieve that goal."

In April 2007, the federal government committed $52 million over four years to increase the availability of services for victims of crime. That money continues to expand the resources available to victims who choose to attend parole hearings, who experience crime while abroad, and who live in northern communities.

Further information can be found on the following websites:

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week:
www.victimsweek.gc.ca

Policy Centre for Victim Issues at the Department of Justice Canada: http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/voc/index.html

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Internet: www.canada.justice.gc.ca


BACKGROUNDER

In fulfilling its commitment to support victims of crime, the Government of Canada provides funding to help victims in the criminal justice system and ensure support and services are available when needed. This funding is allocated through the Victims Fund, administered by the Policy Centre for Victim Issues at the Department of Justice Canada.

In April 2007, this Government committed an additional $52 million over four years for victims of crime. This new funding included $5.75 million per year to enhance the Victims Fund. Money from the Victims Fund is available to community groups, non-governmental organizations, provincial and territorial governments, and in certain cases, directly to victims to improve and increase the services available to them.

Funding for the Northern Program Manager project will span four fiscal years and total $354,550. The project will be administered by Victims Services Branch, Saskatchewan Department of Justice.

Needs in Northern Saskatchewan

Police reported crime rates in northern Saskatchewan are generally higher in comparison to most communities in the south.(i) In addition, most northern communities have fewer general human services agencies available for residents. These services are generally only available when service providers visit the communities on designated at designated times of the year. Full-time services in the nearest larger centres are often many hours away by car or are only accessible by air. Where permanent services are available in communities, they are stretched beyond capacity and also face challenges related to staffing, and service delivery.

Project Objectives

The Northern Program Manager project objectives are:

- To establish a new Northern Program Manager position for Victims Services, based in Prince Albert.

- To develop new programs and adapt existing programs to meet the needs of victims of crime in the north.

- To provide more timely and direct support and assistance to northern victim support programs.

- To assist community-based organizations to better understand their roles and responsibilities, and to effectively manage their programs.

- To respond to and resolve issues relating to the needs of victims and programs that provide services to victims.

Office of the Northern Program Manager

With this funding, Victims Services Branch, Saskatchewan Department of Justice, will establish a new Northern Program Manager position which will be located in Prince Albert. The Northern Program Manager will:

- manage funding agreements with 12 community-based organizations and one municipal police service for the delivery of services to victims of crime in northern Saskatchewan;

- supervise two Victim/Witness Services programs which assist children and other vulnerable witnesses who are required to testify in court;

- travel frequently to northern communities to assist program staff and boards with program management and resolving issues, and to provide/coordinate training as required;

- work directly with communities and criminal justice system agencies to address problems and improve the criminal justice system's response to victims; and,

- develop new programs and services and/or implement changes to programs and services in response to the needs of individual communities.

Examples of police reported crime for Northern Saskatchewan vs. Southern Saskatchewan (Note: numbers were adjusted per 100 000 for comparison purposes)



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Community Overall police Police reported
(by police reported crime rate violent crime rate
jurisdiction) per 100,000 population per 100,000
population
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North: La Loche 123,148 22,842
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Stony Rapids 91,836 19,777
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La Ronge 65,478 10,244
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South: Regina (city) 16,360 1,670
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Saskatoon (city) 15,461 1,744
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Melville (town) 10,366 1,212
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Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey 2004


Department of Justice Canada

April 2008

Contact Information

  • Department of Justice Canada
    Media Relations
    613-957-4207
    or
    Department of Justice and Attorney General
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    Judy Orthner
    306-787-5883
    or
    Office of Rob Clarke, M.P.
    613-995-8323