GANG ACTION INTERAGENCY NETWORK TO HOST 2ND CITY WIDE GANG FORUM

GANG ACTION INTERAGENCY NETWORK TO HOST 2ND CITY WIDE GANG FORUM

“We are tired of watching our children be killed, abused and left for the streets to decide their futures”

FRIDAY, APRIL 12th, 2013 WINNIPEG MANITOBA– This Tuesday will be the second city wide gang forum hosted by Winnipeg’s Gang Action Inter-Agency Network, a group of dedicated agencies working together to solve Winnipeg’s gang problem. The forum is based on a year of research and data collection on different gang strategies, gang exit strategies, youth consultation and key stakeholder interviews. GAIN will be highlighting three key aspects of a gang exit strategy and working to develop a strong action plan.

 

“It’s insane that in a city like Winnipeg, with a gang problem like we have, that there is no strategy for getting kids out of a gang,” says Jamil Mahmood, GAIN co-chair. “We are tired of watching our children be killed, abused and left for the streets to decide their futures. We need to step up and develop a gang exit strategy and a city wide comprehensive gang strategy before we lose any more of our children.”

 

WHO/WHAT: The forum will be a one day working session where groups will be prioritizing the areas of focus for the year, and creating concrete action plans. Keynote presentation to be done by the Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities, Hon. Kevin Chief and Winnipeg Police Constable Danny Smyth.

 

WHERE: University of Winnipeg Convocation Hall

 

WHEN: Tuesday April 16th, 2013

 

AGENDA:

Keynotes and Research to be presented: 8:50-9:45 a.m.

Interviews available: 9:45-10:15 a.m.

Jamil Mahmood- Executive Director, Spence Neighbourhood Association

Tammy Christensen- Executive Director, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc.

Floyd Wiebe- Gang Awareness Parents

Matt Fast- GAIN Researcher, Gang Action Interagency Network

 

GAIN would also like to share the youth consultation video developed to be shown to groups of youth in order to engage them in presenting solutions to gang issues that are tangible to young people living in unsafe situations. The information gathered from these youth consultations will then be analyzed and become part of the overall strategy to end gang violence in Winnipeg. The youth in the video are not actors and they were not scripted in anyway.

 

Please use this link to access the video:

http://youtu.be/2cKnCAyaJDA

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For more information or interviews, please contact GAIN Co-chairs:

Jamil Mahmood, 204-783-8607 or 204-803-7808 e. jamil@spenceneighbourhood.org

Tammy Christensen, 204-586-2588 e. tammy@ndinawe.ca

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