February 18, 2014 – Thunder Bay, Ontario
Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced $2,389,319 in federal funding over five years for Project Journey, a crime prevention projectthat will help Aboriginal youth in Pikangikum First Nation.
Project Journey, led by the Ontario Provincial Police Red Lake Detachment, will prevent and reduce youth crime and anti–social behaviours among Aboriginal youth–at–risk between the ages of 6 to 18. Each year, the project will engage 75 to 100 youth in primary activities with an additional 50 youth participating in secondary activities together with their parents, including mentors and tutors who function as positive role models. By providing community–oriented service learning, outdoor activities, classroom based learning, and family oriented activities, the project will decrease incidents of violent and drug related crime and increase positive relationships between youth, police and elders.
Jean–Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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