Government of Canada announces funding for Okanagan Indian Band crime prevention project
“We know that when it comes to crime prevention, there is no one size fits all solution. The Okanagan Indian Band’s approach is youth-centred, with a community capacity-building component that will help reduce and prevent youth violence – making our communities safer and ensuring more young people have the opportunity to succeed.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“The Okanagan Indian Band recognizes and acknowledges that the emphasis on Crime Prevention and awareness is proactive, rather than reactive. The goal of a proactive approach to Crime Prevention is to move from being driven by crime to moving towards preemptive efforts to target problems. This change in focus will necessitate the identification and implementation via community driven, strength based approaches. The Okanagan Indian Band is proud to work with the Federal Government on developing culturally appropriate interventions. With today’s announcement, we are moving towards reconciliation that will hopefully lead to a growing partnership with all levels of government on eliminating the social factors that lead to crime here in our community.”
- Chief Byron Louis, Okanagan Indian Band
The 2018 NCPS Call for Applications aimed to prevent or reduce the impacts of the following crime issues in at-risk communities: youth gangs, youth violence, youth bullying, and youth cyberbullying.
Efforts have been made to reduce the administrative burden on organizations applying for crime prevention funding. Through the 2018 Call for Applications, applicants were able to access three unique funding programs, the Crime Prevention Action Fund, the Youth Gang Prevention Fund, and the Northern and Aboriginal Crime Prevention Fund through a single application process.
The 50 proposals selected for further development will help to advance the evidence base and to ensure that lessons learned about what works in targeted communities are shared with the crime prevention community.
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