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YELLOWKNIFE, – September 29, 2009 – The Government of Canada is hosting a conference in Yellowknife entitled Northern Responses and Approaches to Victims of Crime: Building on Strength and Resilience. The three-day conference brings together professionals who work with victims of crime in Canada’s northern regions.The conference, which is being hosted by Justice Canada in collaboration with federal, provincial, and territorial partners, is the first of its kind in Canada’s North. The theme of Building on Strength and Resilience will guide the more than 25 workshops and keynote speakers, with the overall objectives being to:
• build the knowledge and capacity of victims’ services workers in Canada’s North;
• strengthen the relations among communities, professionals, and programs in the North; and
• raise awareness of the nature of victimization in the North, and discuss responses that are specific to the North.
“Canada is fortunate to have so many dedicated professionals working to improve the lives of those who have been affected by crime,” said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “I would like to express my appreciation for all the hard work they do in support of victims of crime across the country.”
The Government of Canada has committed $52 million over four years for programs, services, and funding to respond to a variety of victims’ needs, through federal initiatives and through support for provincial and territorial programs. The Government also created the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime in 2007, and recently launched a new on-line Victim Services Directory that will connect victims of crime with services available in their local communities.
More information about the Northern Conference, and the Government’s approach to victims of crime, can be found at http://canada.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/pcvi-cpcv/north-nord/index.html.
Office of the Minister of Justice
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