Civil forfeiture grants supporting regional programs against violence

These regional organizations include the Fort St. John Woman Warriors – Sisters in Spirit, the North Peace Justice Society, the Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, the Prophet River First Nation and the Tsay Keh Dene RCMP.

“Our government is committed to preventing violence against women, restorative justice and preventing youth, and community crime and all of these organizations help make our region a safer place,” writes Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm.

The Fort St. John Woman Warriors – Sisters in Spirit is putting its $20,000 towards supporting Treaty 8 families to participate in healing and talking circles.

“The project will use the medicine wheel to support women in their healing journey,” writes B.C. Caucus communications officer Monika Weatherly. “Local practitioners, Elders, medicine people and clinical counsellors will be engaged in the project to support impacted families who have experienced violence against Aboriginal women.”

The North Peace Justice Society will take its $3,600 and develop a website to educate victims of crime on the benefits of using the restorative justice process.

The Prophet River First Nation will use the $19,835 it has received in funding to create a youth against crime program – engaging-at-risk-youth by using a combination of recreational sports, cultured camping and sober dining/dancing.

The Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society is using its $20,000 for its Together project – addressing the impacts of domestic violence, as well as supporting safety planning an healthy family dynamics for Aboriginal women.

“The project will incorporate emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual life learning rings,” writes Weatherly. “Elders, health professionals, law enforcement, and service providers will co-facilitate the project along with healing circle facilitators to assist Aboriginal women to heal and rebuild from violence.”

Finally, the Tsay Keh Dene RCMP is using its $10,000 in funding to start a basketball league for Aboriginal students.

This year, the priority focus for civil forfeiture grants addressing violence against women and support the Violence Free BC strategy.

Violence Free BC is the provincial government’s long-term strategy and commitment to end violence against women – combining immediate actions with a long-term vision to end the violence and to support women whose lives and well-being have been impacted by violence.

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