Three groups in Chilliwack are receiving $109,985 to implement crime prevention and remediation projects.
Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association receives $40,000 to further develop their capacity to provide restorative justice services in Chilliwack.
“The Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association does important harm reduction work in our schools and community, ” said Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon. “These funds will help to make sure that the important programs and guidance that Chilliwack Restorative Justice offers can continue here in our community.”
The Indigenous Justice Association receives $30,000 for the IJP Capacity Building project. This project addresses the need for relationship building with other Indigenous Justice Programs across the province and builds capacity within individual justice programs by providing training that is unique to their specific needs and region.
The Ann Davis Transition Society receives $39,985 for a gender-based violence supports program that will focus on the needs of Indigenous women and girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+persons, racialized and immigrant survivors and persons with disabilities survivors who have experienced violence and have lost housing or are experiencing precarious housing.
Money for these groups comes from the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program, which directs seized proceeds of crimes and illegal activity back into the community.
“Putting money from crime back into safety programs helps make our communities stronger,” said Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter. “This year, organizations that support justice in Chilliwack are receiving over $100,000 to help them keep doing the great work they do.”
Province wide, the B.C. NDP government is providing nearly $9.7 million in one-time grants through the program to support 197 community projects and fund police equipment and training.