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New youth justice program aimed at reducing Indigenous youth involvement in the justice system – mySteinbach.ca
by ahnationtalk onOctober 6, 202261 Views
Oct 06, 2022
The province has announced that 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.
“Our government is committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous leaders, community and non-profit organizations, and the business community to find innovative ways to support those most in need and build a future full of hope and opportunity for all Manitobans,” said Premier Heather Stefanson. “With a focus on reconciliation, healing and wrap-around supports, this innovative program is designed to improve the lives of youth in and out of the justice system while supporting stronger families and safer communities.”
“Research suggests that approaches leveraging culturally relevant components with conventional principles are the best ways to reduce justice involvement,” said Justice Minister Kelvin 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.”