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Program offers at-risk children and youth life skills to make smart choices
THOMPSON – March 18, 2011 - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, announced over $3.1 million in support for four crime prevention projects that will help give at-risk youth in Manitoba the life skills they need to make smart choices and avoid criminal activities.
“Our government is once again demonstrating its commitment to preventing crime and building safer communities,” said Minister Toews. “Today's announcement is welcome news for families in Northern Manitoba. The support we are announcing today shows that we are serious about reducing crime and providing at-risk youth with the tools they need to make smart choices.”
The projects receiving funding are the:
- Ooskahtsuk (Youth) Club, Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Split Lake, $1,191,129.82 over four years;
- Cross Lake Army Cadet Corps, Cross Lake Community Council, Cross Lake, $607,888 over three years;
- Norway House Cree Nation Project Venture, Norway House Cree Nation, Norway House, $667,870.07 over three years; and
- Peguis Project Venture, Peguis First Nation Band, Peguis, $646,045.28 over three years.
The Government of Canada has increased investments for crime prevention by 46% from $19.89 million in 2008/09 to $29.1 million in 2009/10, and has already committed almost $40 million in the current fiscal year for approved projects across the country.
About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:
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. It is a part of the Government of Canada's plan to tackle crime in order to build stronger, safer communities. The NCPS's priorities are:
- addressing early risk factors among vulnerable children, youth and young adults;
- preventing recidivism among high-risk offenders;
- fostering crime prevention in Aboriginal and Northern communities; and
- preventing youth gang and drug-related crime.
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