Aboriginal Community Safety Development Contribution Program
Why this is important
Factors such as intergenerational cycles of abuse and violence that are community-wide and linked to historic trauma, such as residential schools, have resulted in situations where victims are sometimes actively discouraged from speaking out, particularly in smaller and more remote communities, where police may be some distance away. The premise of this initiative is that many Aboriginal women find themselves in marginalised situations, without support networks, as a result of difficult circumstances at home. In some communities, violence has become normalized, creating a sense of hopelessness that often seems inescapable.
Aboriginal women leave their communities for various reasons – some to escape an abusive relationship, others leave seeking better opportunities, such as education or employment. Once they arrive in urban centres it is easy to become lost, particularly if you don't have the education or skills to obtain employment, or a support network to rely on.
The rationale for Public Safety's approach under this initiative is that by reducing the likelihood of Aboriginal women being marginalized, we will reduce the number of Aboriginal women going missing or being murdered.
How we do it
By playing a leadership role, through transfer payments, the community safety planning approach is structured to link community solutions with policy development. The starting points are appropriate community-based projects taking into account the safety needs of Aboriginal women and girls. The end points are increased knowledge within communities and government as well as effective and appropriate government policies.
The funding is focused on developing community capacity (i.e., both training and information/knowledge development and dissemination) and supporting community based projects designed to support strategic responses to community safety.
The goal is to support communities in the development of efficient, integrated approaches that can maximize government investments. This will be accomplished by supporting three broad activities:
- developing community capacity, both through training and information/knowledge dissemination; (knowledge building, knowledge sharing, direct training);
- supporting communities to develop community safety plans; and/or
- supporting community-based pilot projects designed to explore and implement holistic, Aboriginal healing models responding to the safety needs of Aboriginal women and girls. (implementation readiness and implementation)
Corrections News Releases
Aboriginal Corrections Publications and Reports
- Marginalized: The Aboriginal Women's experience in Federal Corrections
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System
- Soccer Moms are Part of the Solution "A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Volunteer-Based Gang Prevention Initiative"
- Common Ground - An Examination of Similarities between Black & Aboriginal Communities
- Community Mobilisation Dialogue with Aboriginal Communities
- More Aboriginal Corrections Publications and Reports
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