Whitehorse Daily Star

Four projects awarded Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust funds

Four community-led projects focused on crime prevention and services for victims of crime received $170,968 through the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust for the fall 2022 intake.

By Whitehorse Star on January 19, 2023

Four community-led projects focused on crime prevention and services for victims of crime received $170,968 through the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust for the fall 2022 intake.

The announcement was made today.

“The fall funding intake received diverse applications from a broad range of organizations,” the Yukon government said in a statement.

Here is the list of recipients:

The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon – Increasing Access – Drop In and After Hours Support was awarded $91,166 to increase their drop-in and after-hours services to their clients who have fetal alcohol syndrome or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Liard First Nation – Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit Through Cultural Practices and Teachings was awarded $14,192 to evaluate the First Nation’s current services, identify existing gaps and areas needing improvement, and provide training and culturally sensitive workshops in their community.

They will offer services such as treatment and addiction support, mental health counselling for all ages, anger management workshops, engagement for men and boys to learn about and address violence, and culturally sensitive services such as traditional teachings and healing circles guided by elders.

The Nelson Project – Peer Support Training for Yukon Men was awarded $55,810 to visit four communities across the Yukon throughout the winter to provide peer-support training, information and supports to at-risk men so they are equipped to offer strong, grounded and sustainable support to other men.

Yukon Circle of Social Change Society – Healing from Harm Circles was awarded $9,800 to offer healing circles as a restorative justice approach that interrupts the cycle of trauma caused by being harmed and doing harm, as well as the resulting harm to families, communities and society as a whole.

Separate healing circle groups will be held for those who have been harmed and for those who have done harm and are ready to be accountable.

“I am pleased that the funding provided through the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust continues to support local, innovative projects designed to make our communities safer and more supportive for everyone,” said Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.

“Thank you to all those communities and organizations that have presented their important initiatives.”

The next application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15.

“The board of trustees would like to thank all the applicants for their commitment to developing high-quality, innovative projects across the Yukon that take action on issues of victimization and crime,” said board chair Lareina Twardochleb.

“We are proud to continue supporting local solutions and are inspired by these initiatives in our communities.

“We encourage all communities to consider local solutions for emerging issues and to apply for new projects this spring,” added Twardochleb.

The Trust provides funding twice a year for projects that are intended to reduce crime, prevent gender-based violence and violence against women and children, and provide services and information for victims of crime, or provide information about crime prevention and victimization.

Funding applications are accepted from First Nations and municipal governments, non-profit organizations and school councils or boards.

Eligible costs may include wages or honouraria, materials, rental costs, promotional materials and printing.

The Trust has supported Yukon community groups since 1998.

Proposals are reviewed by the board of trustees, which includes community members and representatives from the government, First Nations governments, equality-seeking organizations and the RCMP.

Comments (4)

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FN girl on Jan 20, 2023 at 4:13 pm

@ John...
Excuse me sir, Liard First Nation is not settled. Therefore, they have to apply for funding for certain programs and expenses. Non settled FN do not recieve money on top of money. It is actually a little amount. And monies given to FN come from a Trust Fund which was put into place eons ago, and not from your hard earned tax dollars. So find something else to nag about.

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Dave on Jan 20, 2023 at 7:45 am

Hear that loud flushing sound? That’s what good this money will accomplish. It’s just greasing the wheels of the industry that makes its money from government throwing money away.

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John on Jan 19, 2023 at 3:08 pm

Why are we funding FN needs? That is what the Feds do. How about we change our thinking and stop the overlap and double dipping. They are self-governing are they not? Or is there a caveat "when they want money" and can't be bothered raising the money themselves. More enabling - never ends - all we end up with is shyte and abuse!

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Juniper Jackson on Jan 19, 2023 at 1:07 pm

Good idea if it worked..but, i am confident, that Crime will continue to pervade Whitehorse; and communities, fault can be laid directly in front of the Justice building, where justice has taken a leave of absence. It would be nice to 'vote' in our judges and justices.

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