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September 10, 2007 19:39 ET

Minister Day Announces More Than $2.5 Million in Funding to Support Eight Crime Prevention Projects in Saskatchewan: Backgrounder

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) -

BACKGROUNDER

Canada's New Government is serious about keeping our communities safe, which is why we are focusing our crime prevention initiatives on those who are most at risk. Through the National Crime Prevention Centre, we are providing more than $2.5 million to support eight crime prevention projects in Saskatchewan.

Below are the selected projects that will work to prevent and reduce crime in local communities across Saskatchewan:

1. Marieval Enterprise Centre Inc., Youth Boards Fight Crime, ($277,000). The project will focus on youth and young adults in rural and First Nations Communities. The objective is to develop best practices for working to reduce youth crime and by increasing shared cultural activity across diverse communities.

2. Communities for Children: Saskatoon's Planning Council for a Child and Youth Friendly Community, Girls Action and Information Network (GAIN): Decreasing Crime by Increasing Skills, ($100,000). This project will facilitate approximately 100 girls' leaving 'at-risk' street situations. It will also provide support and education for the girls until they are able to function on their own in a crime-free, healthy and positive manner.

3. Beardy's and Okemasis Band Justice Department, In Search of Your Warrior Program, ($42,040). The project will bring the community, local services and resources to reduce drug abuse among local youth. It will also raise community awareness to fight complacency surrounding drug trafficking.

4. New North - Saskatchewan Association of Northern Communities Services Inc., Youth Leadership North, Phase 2, ($226, 898). This project will be crucial in the development of a network of skilled Northern Saskatchewan youth. The participants will establish an action plan to reduce crime and victimization in their communities.

5. Kamsack Detour Drop-in/Resource Centre, New Directions, ($99,993). This project will decrease the risk factors associated with gang activity through targeted interventions. Youth will be provided with employment, education and productive recreation programming to build skills and help combat substance use, crime and violence.

6. Carry the Kettle Justice Committee, Carry the Kettle First Nation Crime Prevention Project, ($54,556). This project will reduce drug related crime among youth and address gang recruitment. Youth will be provided with training in areas such as conflict resolution, leadership and peer mentoring. Programs will be developed to steer youth away from substance abuse, relationship abuse and property crime.

7. YWCA - Prince Albert, Y's Choices: A New Beginning, ($70,042). This project will reduce the risk of re-offending among those recently released from correctional facilities. This project will address the risk factors associated with re-offending, such as substance abuse, lack of job skills and gang association through skill development, community support and counselling.

8. Prince Albert Outreach Program Inc. Youth Alliance Against Gang Violence, ($1,657,141). This multi-year, community based intervention addresses individual, family, school and community risk factors associated with youth crime and gang activity in the Prince Albert Region. Children and youth aged nine and up and their families who live in high risk neighbourhoods, are active in gangs and are wanting to exit gang lifestyle will be targeted participants in diverse program interventions.

Total $2,527,670

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Contact Information

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