GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ANNOUNCES FUNDING TOWARD A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTRE SERVING REMOTE COMMUNITIES IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO

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SIOUX LOOKOUT, Ontario, July 23, 2012 –The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Mr. Greg Rickford, M.P. for Kenora and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, today announced that funding up to $115,484 is available to the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority to assess the feasibility of establishing a Child Advocacy Centre for remote communities in northwestern Ontario.

“Our Government remains unwavering in its commitment to protect children, particularly young victims of crime,” said Minister Nicholson. “As Minister of Justice, and along with colleagues like Greg Rickford, we are privileged to do our part to stand up for victims of crime and make their concerns a priority.”

The funding from the Department of Justice Victims Fund will assist the Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services in doing a needs assessment and feasibility study for a Child Advocacy Centre that would provide a culturally appropriate service to Aboriginal children who are victims of sexual abuse or assault.

“Funding for Child Advocacy Centres is one part of our Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting victims of crime,” said Mr. Rickford. “Children who have been abused or who have witnessed a crime require services and counselling that respond to their specific situations. Child Advocacy Centres make it easier for children’s voices to be heard by our justice system and to be served in their own community.”

Over the last six years, the Government has allocated more than $90 million for initiatives that benefit victims of crime. Funds are available to provinces, territories and non-governmental organizations for programs and services that give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system.

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