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July 10, 2009 15:27 ET

Government of Canada Funds Crime Prevention Efforts in the Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - July 10, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced federal support for projects aimed at preventing and reducing crime in the Northwest Territories.

"One of the priorities of this Government is to make sure that our communities and streets are safe. We believe that when it comes to addressing crime we have to take action," said Minister Van Loan. "The funding announced today will provide northern communities with the knowledge, tools and support they need to undertake initiatives that address their crime prevention needs."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is contributing over $9.3 million in funding support for five northern and multi-year crime prevention projects that will provide at-risk youth with alternatives to a life of crime, and professionals in this field with the tools they need to enhance community safety.

The Honourable Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, participated in the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Justice and Minister of Education, Culture and Employment for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

"Increasing safety and security is a priority in our Government's work and investment to Build Our Future," said Minister Lafferty. "Tackling crime in our communities is a top priority. We are working with frontline responders and community governments to take action on crime, and welcome federal funding to enhance territorial investments. These funds will support our efforts and those led by communities. We are also pleased to see our schools accessing this funding and participating in crime prevention."

"The Government of Canada is taking action to prevent youth crime and keep Canadians safe," said Minister Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. "The funding announced today supports crime prevention projects in the Northwest Territories that will provide those who are most at risk with the tools they need to make positive choices."

The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada. The Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

For more information concerning the organizations receiving funding, please refer to: Backgrounder - Government of Canada funds crime prevention efforts in the Northwest Territories (

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