Federal gov’t extends support for program assisting at-risk children exposed to violence
Published Friday, August 10, 2012 12:02PM MDT
Last Updated Friday, August 10, 2012 12:14PM MDT
The federal government announced Friday it is extending support for a program that works with Aboriginal children and their families who have been exposed to family violence.
The program, Walking the Path Together, is currently operated by the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters.
The program helps at-risk children steer away from a life of violence encourages smart-life choices. The program is offered in women's shelters located in five First Nations communities throughout Alberta.
"The lives of Aboriginal children and their families can be healed and transformed through this program," said Minister of Aboriginal Relations Robin Campbell.
To date, 300 First Nations have been helped by the program.
The federal government will put $862,037 to extend the original 3-year pilot plan by 21 months.
“This project has been life‐changing for everyone involved. It’s created new ways of doing shelter work, created new tools where none existed and most importantly it’s created hope," said Jan Reimer, executive director of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters.
Funding for this project comes from the National Crime Prevention Strategy's Northern and Aboriginal Crime Prevention Fund, which is managed by the Government of Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre.