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January 06, 2014 13:11 ET

Harper Government Supports Maskwacis Community in Fight Against Gang Violence

Federally-funded crime prevention program to help at-risk Aboriginal youth

MASKWACIS, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 6, 2014) - Public Safety Canada

Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, Blaine Calkins, on behalf of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney, was in Maskwacis (formerly Hobbema) today to announce $2,895,321 in federal funding for a new crime prevention project targeting gang violence in the First Nation communities of Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin First Nation, Louis Bull First Nation and Montana First Nation.

The Maskwacis Conflict Resolution Program: Maskwacis Youth Initiative, run by the Samson Cree Nation, will work with approximately 600 Aboriginal youth, aged 14-25, who are either gang involved or at risk of gang involvement and violent behaviour. By promoting community involvement, education and employment skills, and counselling programs, the project will help youth make smart choices and avoid involvement in criminal activity.

Quick Facts

  • From April 2012 to March 2013, our Government funded 105 active, multi-year community-based crime prevention projects through the National Crime Prevention Centre, in which more than 16,000 at-risk youth participated.
  • As part of these efforts to tackle crime, in 2012 our Government committed up to $10 million per year toward new crime prevention projects under the National Crime Prevention Strategy's Crime Prevention Action Fund.

Quotes

"I am pleased to announce our support for a project that will make a difference for the community of Maskwacis. Along with our partners, we are taking steps to tackle gang violence, while providing at-risk youth with the tools and opportunities to steer clear of crime. This project is another example of how our Government is helping build stronger, safer communities."

- Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, Alberta

"Our Government is supporting community-level programs across Canada that have concrete, direct and positive impacts on youth and families at risk. When youth are engaged in healthy activities and making smart choices, they can make a positive contribution to their communities. By working with our partners and investing in crime prevention initiatives, such as this one, we are fostering strong and safe communities."

- Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"Conflict resolution programs provide a form of justice which holds offenders accountable to the community and lets victims of crime be involved. This program also provides greater accessibility to the justice system."

- Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Alberta

Associated Links

- Public Safety's National Crime Prevention Centre

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Contact Information

  • Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    and Emergency Preparedness
    613-991-2924

    Media Relations
    Public Safety Canada
    613-991-0657