Government Providing Anti-Gang Funding to Community Partners
The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is providing funding to 10 community-based organizations (CBOs) as part of the provincial Gang Violence Reduction Strategy.
Individual grants of $20,000 each will be provided to 10 Saskatchewan CBOs. The goal of these grants is to increase the ability of CBOs as well as the greater community to support individuals at risk of becoming involved in gangs or that want to leave gang life.
The Gang Violence Reduction Strategy seeks to prevent and reduce gang activity, and bolster community safety.
“We know that one of the most important places to start when addressing gang violence is in the community,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said. “These grants represent government’s commitment to work with communities across Saskatchewan to develop a united response to gang violence including suppression, intervention and prevention efforts.”
Funding of $20,000 will be provided to the following 10 CBOs:
- File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council Inc.
- John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
- Meadow Lake Tribal Council
- North Saskatchewan Victim Services (La Ronge)
- Onion Lake Native Justice Inc.
- Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services (RT/SIS)
- Street Culture Project Inc. (Regina)
- Thunderchild First Nation
- West Flats Citizens Group (Prince Albert)
- Yorkton Tribal Council – Tribal Justice Unit
“This grant will enable us to collaborate with like-minded individuals and agencies so we collectively work toward addressing gang violence and make this province safer for everyone, an issue that impacts us all,” Street Culture Inc. Director of Operations Mike Gerrand said.
“This grant means that we will be able to develop gang intervention and prevention strategies in each of the nine First Nations in the tribal council,” Meadow Lake Tribal Council Senior Director of Programs Christine Derocher said. “We expect positive engagement from the whole community including leadership, youth, elders, educators, justice and health staff.”
The CBOs receiving grants were selected through an open call for proposals that took place in March. Additional calls for proposals for further gang violence reduction partnerships will take place over the summer.