Taking a collaborative approach to the prevention of radicalization to violence
OTTAWA, June 26, 2017 /CNW/ - From the tragic mosque shooting in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, to the interception of a potential bomber in Strathroy, Ontario, recent events have underlined that there is no single ideology or cause of radicalization to violence and that prevention must be an essential component of Canada's counter-terrorism strategy.
The Government of Canada is taking a broad and collaborative approach to understanding the problem and preventing such tragedies from occurring. Delivering on our commitment, today Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced the launch of the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (CCCEPV). As a centre of excellence, the CCCEPV will provide national leadership, coordination and support to community groups, frontline practitioners and stakeholders in their efforts to prevent individuals from radicalizing to violence.
Recognizing that successful prevention happens at the community level through credible local leadership and well-supported frontline practitioners, the Centre's Community Resilience Fund will contribute to intervention programming and research that reflect local realities. It will launch a call for proposals opening on July 6, 2017.
In the coming months, a Special Advisor will be appointed who will meet with youth, communities, stakeholders and experts across Canada to help identify priorities and shape a national strategy on countering radicalization to violence.
"To retain our national character as an open, diverse, inclusive and generous society – and one that is also safe and secure – we need to become among the best in the world at understanding and dealing effectively with all types of radicalization that lead to violence. The new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help us do as much as humanly possible to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedy strikes. It will support and empower local leaders to develop initiatives that are suited to their community."
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"Our mandates complement each other, because we share a common objective: preventing people from using violence to promote an ideology or political project. This is our best defence against violent acts of terrorism."
- Herman Deparice-Okomba, Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence
"Action-oriented research creates more effective outcomes. The Community Resilience Fund represents a step forward in how we understand radicalization to violence and develop solutions that work."
- Dr. Sara K. Thompson, Ryerson University
- Budget 2016 provided $35 million over five years and $10 million annually thereafter to combat radicalization to violence in Canada;
- The July 6, 2017 call for proposals for the Community Resilience Fund (CRF) will have $1.4 million available to fund projects in 2018-19. For 2019-20 and beyond, the CRF will have $7 million available each year for existing and new projects.
- An initial 10 projects of organizations with work underway on countering radicalization have already been funded through a directed call;
- The call for proposals will open on July 6 until September 15, 2017.
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