Ontario Supports Aboriginal Victims Of Crime In Kashechewan
McGuinty Government Invests In Community Services
First Nation, Métis and Inuit victims of crime in Kashechewan have greater access to the community services they need to heal.
Through the Aboriginal Victims Support Grant Program, Kashechewan First Nation Health Services is providing support and education to more than 200 youths who are victims or at risk of becoming victims of sexual assault.
Its new Education Project for Teens uses workshops and weekend retreats to foster intergenerational support by bringing community and adult caregivers together to work towards the common goal of reducing the incidence of sexual assault.
- Kashechewan First Nation Health Services Education Project for Teens (ages 12 to 18) has received $76,000 in support from the Aboriginal Victims Support Grant Program.
- Two million dollars has been awarded to 20 projects that support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crimes and historic abuse in remote areas of the province.
- Ontario is developing an Aboriginal Justice Strategy with a vision to provide equitable, coordinated, effective and responsive criminal justice services to all Aboriginal men, women, children and youth in Ontario.
“It is important to have programs and services that are tailored and delivered by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people. Education about sexual assault, victims' rights and community support is critical in helping victims through the healing process and protecting those who may be at risk.”
“Our youth are a treasured and vital part of our community and future leaders. Keeping them safe and giving them the tools to have a healthy community and the best future we can give them is our top priority.”
Chief Jonathan Solomon
“On behalf of the community, thank you for this grant that will give youth at risk the tools to stay safe and seek help. With this grant, it's just a beginning to a long road of healing.”