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
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:
For more information or interviews, please contact GAIN Co-chairs:
Jamil Mahmood, 204-783-8607 or 204-803-7808 e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy Christensen, 204-586-2588 e. email@example.com
Taking the Next Step: A Gang Strategy – Sept. 8, 2012
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This is not a GAIN event…
This event is hosted by the Old St-Boniface Residents’ Association
They have extended the early-bird rate until August 19th
CBC News Posted: Aug 3, 2011 8:44 PM CT
The federal government is providing nearly $1 million to anti-crime projects in Winnipeg, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews announced Wednesday.
Among the projects receiving funding is Turning the Tides — a program designed to prevent at-risk youth in Winnipeg from joining youth gangs.
“Through programs like these, at-risk youth are learning life skills that help them make smart choices, and avoid gangs and a life of crime,” Toews said after touring the site.
“We are delivering on our promise to support families and communities by helping youth stay away from crime and gangs, and out of the justice system.”
Toews said Ottawa would provide $928,000 through the $7.5 million Youth Gang Prevention Fund for five projects in Winnipeg, which he said “further demonstrates the government’s commitment to preventing crime and making Canadian streets safe.”
The projects, all in Winnipeg, receiving funding for a year are:
- Just TV pilot program, Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, $157,487.60.
- Project O.A.S.I.S., new directions for children, youth, adults and families, $168,225.58.
- West Central Youth Outreach Project, Spence Neighbourhood Association, $190,006.12.
- Circle of Courage, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc., $182,670.28.
- Turning the Tides, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc., $229,961.89.
The Government of Manitoba is also providing funding for the Just TV pilot program, Project O.A.S.I.S., Circle of Courage and Turning the Tides.
“Preventing crime and making our neighbourhoods safer takes a co-ordinated approach between governments, police and community agencies,” provincial Justice Minister Andrew Swan said.
“These programs complement our efforts to deal strongly with those who break the law by providing youth with structured programming, connections to caring and trained staff and guidance and support to help them choose to avoid a life of crime.”