Ten community-led projects focused on crime prevention and services for victims are receiving more than $227,000 in funding from the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust.
The fall 2019 funding intake received applications from a broad range of organizations. Funded projects will be delivered in several Yukon communities as well as in Whitehorse, with a total of $227,829.67 allocated.
Examples of projects include supporting positive mental health through self-care and exploring trauma and conflict resolution; providing individual support for persons with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); supporting victims of crime through art, music and land-based healing; and providing a free, drop-in music production and recording program for youth.
Many of these projects are designed to reduce young Yukoners’ vulnerability to negative influences and involvement in crime by building healthy relationships, mental and physical wellness, life skills and a sense of community.
The next application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2020.
The contributions of community organizations are a vital component of enhancing community safety. I am so pleased that funding provided through the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust continues to support innovative projects that are making Yukon communities safer and healthier places for Yukoners.
Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee
As a Board of Trustees, we would like to thank all applicants for their commitment to developing programs that take action on issues of victimization and crime. We are excited to see that many of the projects receiving funding are helping Yukon youth to build skills and develop a sense of belonging. We are pleased to support First Nations governments and local organizations to address crime and safety issues with meaningful programming opportunities.
Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Board of Trustees chair Lareina Twardochleb
The recipients of the funding are Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, the Heart of Riverdale Community Centre, the Dawson City Arts Society, Kluane First Nation, the Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon, the North Klondyke Highway Music Society, Second Opinion Society, Teslin Tlingit Council and the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society.
The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust provides funding twice a year to projects that are intended to reduce crime, prevent gender-based violence and violence against women and children, address the root causes of crime, and provide services and information to victims of crime or provide information about crime prevention and victimization.
Funding applications are accepted from municipal and First Nation governments, non-profit organizations and school councils or boards. Eligible costs can include wages or honoraria, promotional materials, printing and materials or rental costs.
The Trust has supported Yukon community groups since 1998. Proposals are reviewed by the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Board of Trustees, which includes community members and individuals appointed by the Minister of Justice from recommendations by the Government of Yukon, First Nations governments, women’s organizations and the RCMP.
Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Fall 2019 Recipients
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations received funding for two projects this session. The first project was the Trauma and Conflict Resolution Program, which received $25,000 and will facilitate five days of on-the-land training and circles for language learners, front line workers and community members. Content includes trauma training, conflict resolution, regulation and resiliency skills and a day of ceremony. Several follow-up circles after the training will be held.
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ second project is the Youth Outreach Program, which was awarded $58,542. This project will deliver workshops and programming to empower youth, build a sense of belonging and address risk factors. In consultation with youth, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations plan to deliver a youth spring dance, teach life skills, host circles, provide one-on-one support, bring speakers and educators to the community and promote harm reduction.
The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre was awarded $29,594.95 for Hip Hop at the Heart, a free drop-in music production and recording program. For youth aged 12 and up, the program is intended to reduce barriers to accessing arts education and provide a safe space for youth. A coordinator will facilitate activities, manage youth-directed projects and provide support and referrals. The centre will also host performance opportunities for youth to showcase what they’ve learned.
The Dawson City Arts Society, through the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, was awarded $6,000 to support its Youth Art Enrichment program. Youth Art Enrichment is a six-day art camp held annually in Dawson City for youth ages 14 to 18. Young artists choose their medium from options such as wood carving, screen printing, improv, stained glass, illustration, animation and filmmaking. This funding is supporting chaperones to provide 24/7 supervision for at-risk and community youth to participate in the program.
Kluane First Nation was awarded $25,706.72 for their Roots “Trauma Healing and Support Workshop Series” Project. Kluane First Nation plans to hold eight workshops on trauma, resilience, self-care and reconnection to the land. This project is based on the understanding that historical trauma manifests as ongoing disparities, weakened social structures, substance abuse, suicides and violence. Intended for front line service workers and community members, the workshop series aims to promote holistic healing from trauma.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon (LDAY) is receiving $9,600 for their Attention Regulation (ADD and ADHD) Support project. The Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon plans to provide individual support and interventions for individuals with ADHD to help them develop their self-regulation skills, attention and focus. Facilitators will mentor and coach individuals one-on-one, as well as create age-specific support groups. In addition, LDAY intends to create and present workshops to support educators, parents and adults.
The North Klondyke Highway Music Society has been granted $11,158 for the Dawson City Youth Fiddle and Jigging Community Tour. The Society has been delivering music education and presentation for 15 years. The group plans to tour young fiddlers to Old Crow, Pelly Crossing and Mayo to do fiddle and dance workshops. In each community, and in Dawson City, they will host a community dance. In Old Crow, the Old Crow Jigging Club will help with dance demonstrations. A Dawson dance band will provide music and dance instruction in Pelly Crossing, Mayo and Dawson City.
Second Opinion Society (SOS) was awarded $18,919 for its Mental Health Awareness and Self Care project. SOS plans to facilitate a series of two-hour mental health workshops for their members. Participants will learn techniques for self-care and positive ways to manage their emotions. Topics addressed at the workshops will include managing relationships and emotions, coping with grief and loss, taking a holistic approach to stress reduction and anxiety and creative arts therapy.
Teslin Tlingit Council was awarded $27,009 in support of Weaving Culture through Justice. This project will provide six weeks of cedar bark weaving instruction in both Teslin and Whitehorse. Each week, elders will provide a one-day workshop on the history of clans, potlatch laws, clan emblems, Tlingit stories and legends, drumming and singing. The workshops are open to men, women, youth and children, and aim to address trauma and build healthy relationships through practising this traditional art form.
The Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society was granted $16,300 for the Women’s Social Justice Group. This project is a biweekly social justice group for women who have experienced violence and abuse. In a safer space, the women will learn, share and participate in wellness, art and self-care activities, including land-based healing. They will learn about safety planning, causes and dynamics of abuse and family violence, ways that victims resist and myths around violence.