News grants to combat gangs/violence

Organizations working to combat gangs, youth crime, and protect victims of violence in the Cariboo-Chilcotin will receive grant funding.

Organizations working to combat gangs, youth crime, and protect victims of violence in the Cariboo-Chilcotin will receive grant funding, the provincial government announced Wednesday.

The $167,876 coming to the region is part of a nearly $7.2-million province-wide investment, that combines $5.5 million in provincial Civil Forfeiture Office proceeds and $1.69 million from criminal forfeiture proceeds.

“These organizations do a great job of reaching out to our at-risk and vulnerable populations and offering them the protection and services they need,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said.

The Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake will receive $18,981 to  hold weekly sessions throughout the school year with vulnerable female youth at risk of exploitation (13-15 years) including First Nations youth with funding support for a youth worker.

A Sexual Assault Community Response Team will be created by the Women’s Contact Society to develop a co-ordinated cross-sector response to sexual assault using a grant of $38,005.

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society will receive $19,000 for an Innovative Interventions project to provide a well-rounded program of pro-social activities, employment training, and educational opportunities to at-risk Aboriginal youth.

The Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society/RCMP-based Victim Services (Alexis Creek) receives $19,315 for a Stopping the Violence Program.

This program will  focus on incorporating Aboriginal holistic approaches to assist victims and communities in healing and rebuilding from the impacts of violence against Aboriginal women in the Tsilhqot’in Nation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams receives $19,500 to support and expand mentoring services in Williams Lake.

This program will have an initial emphasis on in-school mentoring to provide at-risk youth with a friend and role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up.

The Education is Power,  Esk’etemc Violence Against Women Project, at Esk’etemc receives a grant of $19,925 to launch a 15-week project at Alkali Lake involving a series of 10 weekly workshops for women, and involves processing pain and anger through traditional sweat lodge ceremonies.

The 100 Mile House and District Women’s Centre Society will use a grant of $17,530 for Aboriginal Trauma Informed Care.

The Denisiqi Services Society’s received a grant of $15,620 toward Pathways to Power, Denisiqi’s violence-prevention program which promotes learning and awareness for the purpose of supporting participants to make healthy life choices, gain insights that promote new cycles of behaviour, and strengthen current and future generations of families.