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Over $150,000 coming to North Island for crime prevention and remediation projects

Campbell River Mirror - 5/22/2023

Over $150,000 is coming to the North Island riding for crime prevention and remediation projects.

The provincial funding adds up to $156,073, and will be going to four projects in the region to support Indigenous peoples who are recovering from trauma, to help people who are experiencing gender-based violence, and to help address criminal activity.

"Keeping our communities safe starts with making sure that everyone has the support they need," said Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. "The trauma-informed and culturally specific programs that we are funding help make sure that no member of our community is left behind."

The projects are:

- Campbell River Family Services Society Coordination, Compassion, & Care - $37,000

- Elm Street Alternative School Okwimas - $39,156

- U'mista Cultural Society A_wil'g_ola - $39,938

- Campbell River RCMP Restorative Justice Program Restorative Community Support Team - $39,979

These are part of the nearly $9.7 million being granted by the province to support almost 200 projects across the province. The funding is from Civil Forfeiture, and funds seized from the proceeds of crimes and illegal activity are used to go back into communities. The projects selected are being led by Indigenous organizations, local governments, non-profits, school districts, health authorities, academic institutions, and police departments.

Other civil forfeiture grant streams are gender-based violence, crime prevention, Indigenous healing, restorative justice, domestic violence and intervention programming, and Child and Youth Advocacy Centres.

The full list of recipients to this grant is available online.

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