Community Solutions For Aboriginal Victims Of Crime

    McGuinty Government Supporting Victims Through Aboriginal Justice

    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is launching a new grant program to fund community-based projects
to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis victims of crime.
    A $2-million Aboriginal Victims Support Grant Program will offer one-time
funding for community projects to support Aboriginal victims. The projects
fall within two grant categories:
      -  Small scale local project grants for amounts up to $100,000, to
         encourage community-based services for crime victims
      -  Major project grants of up to $250,000, to develop best practices
         and promote partnership between organizations.

    The program will help Aboriginal communities and organizations expand the
range of services available to victims of crime.
    First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations are eligible
to apply.
    Applications ( will be accepted until Friday,
October 31, 2008. Help with the application process, including language
interpreters if requested, is available for communities and organizations.


    "We want to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis victims of crime begin
healing through solutions developed locally in their own communities," said
Attorney General Chris Bentley. "Our aim is to support victims and improve
services in ways that respect Aboriginal cultures and languages."
    "Our government is ensuring that people from First Nations, Métis and
Inuit communities who are victims of crime get the support they need and
deserve," said Michael Bryant, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
    "We welcome the flexibility these grants offer so that First Nations,
Métis and Inuit organizations can develop solutions tailored to the unique
needs of victims in their communities," said Larry Frost, Executive Director
of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.


    -  Aboriginal organizations ( providing
       services in Ontario may apply for the grants. Non-Aboriginal groups
       may work with Aboriginal organizations and First Nations that are
       leading projects.

    -  These grants are funded through the Victims' Justice Fund, which is
       dedicated to providing services for victims of crime.


    Further details are available
    about criteria for grants, who can apply and the types of projects that
    will be funded.

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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