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July 5, 2010

Impressive Initiatives for Aboriginal Youth

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New and exciting opportunities will create more possibilities for Aboriginal youth and develop safer communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.  Two projects have been designed to provide services and supports to help students improve their high school performance, steer them away from crime, and create plans to design safer public spaces.

“We need to give our youth every chance we can to succeed and provide supports and services that move them away from gangs and criminal activities,” says Alison Redford, Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
 Alberta’s Safe Communities Innovation Fund has provided funding for the two projects: Learning through the Arts and Wood Buffalo Crime Prevention and Reduction Plan.

Learning through the Arts received $1.3 million through the Royal Conservatory. Its specific purpose is to address the involvement of Aboriginal youth in any criminal activities and provide culturally appropriate, arts-based programming.

The Wood Buffalo Crime Prevention and Reduction Plan received $75 000 through the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. This project offers a tool kit that will help improve the safety of communities and provide strategies and policies to aid in the development of safer public spaces.

Mayor Melissa Blake says, “this announcement shows how different levels of government, outside organizations, and different departments within the Municipality can all come together for the greater good.”

For more information on Safe Communities Innovation Fund and its projects, click here.

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