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New Safe Communities project aims to reduce family violence on Siksika Nation

June 23, 2011

Siksika… A new Safe Communities project will address the issue of family violence on Siksika Nation.

Siksika Health Services will receive $1.1 million over three years from the Government of Alberta’s Safe Communities Innovation Fund to support the Siksika Family Violence Response Initiative.“Every community is unique and has its own specific needs. Through the Safe Communities Innovation Fund, Albertans are able to play a role in crime prevention and reduction by developing projects to make their communities safer places to be,” said Verlyn Olson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “I commend the partners of this project for working together to provide a support network for both the victims and perpetrators of family violence on Siksika Nation. Through this partnership, safer communities are being built.”

The Siksika Family Violence Response Initiative will work to reduce the number of reported and unreported incidences of family violence. The project will provide first-responder services, such as child welfare and housing, to name a few examples, to perpetrators and victims, followed by referrals and case management, as well as a comprehensive network of support services and programs. Through the project, Siksika service providers and programs will be able to address family violence issues in a more proactive, culturally, socially and spiritually-relevant manner. It is anticipated that the program will begin operating in the community by September 2011.

“Siksika Nation is a rich and vibrant community that takes pride in strong cultural values and beliefs, of which the centre is our families,” said Chief Fred Rabbit Carrier, Siksika Nation. “This Initiative, developed by the Siksika Health Centre in partnership with the RCMP Gleichen, will utilize a first-response approach that recognizes the historical and intergenerational impacts of domestic violence on everyone involved. We believe that by utilizing existing services already at work within the community, we can provide a more comprehensive network to support and assist individuals, and to make our community a safer, healthier place to live.”

The Safe Communities Innovation Fund builds on the work of the Safe Communities Initiative to address crime on an immediate basis, as well as over the long term. For more information please visit:http://www.safecommunities.alberta.ca/scif

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Alison Keppler
Alberta Justice Communications
780-427-8530
[email protected]

Tyler White, CEO
Siksika Health Services
403-734-5686
[email protected]

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.