Canadian province partners with community organizations to support indigenous youth.

“As part of the Manitoba government’s ongoing efforts to advance reconciliation and healing, and support stronger families and safer communities, the province is partnering with Marymound Inc. on a new youth justice program to provide culturally safe and supportive programming to help reduce the disproportionate number of Indigenous youth in custody and on probation, Premier Heather Stefanson and Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.”

“’Research suggests that approaches leveraging culturally relevant components with conventional principles are the best ways to reduce justice involvement,’ said Goertzen. ‘There are significant economic and human costs associated with crime and incarceration, so we are taking these important steps to help young people avoid future justice system involvement by focusing on resolving the issues believed to be major contributors to criminal behaviour.’

The new Indigenous Youth Justice program, developed by Marymound Inc. and community members, is grounded in Indigenous knowledge to help address the root causes of crime, connect youth to their culture and community, and help foster a more positive Indigenous identity.”

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