Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards

Grant and Contribution Details: 2006-2007 - 1st Quarter
Recipient Name: SKOOKUM JIM FRIENDSHIP CENTRE
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Date: 2006-04-11
Value: $45,000.00
Type: Contribution
Purpose: The First Nation Diversion Steering Committee runs a pre- and post-charge program for Aboriginal youths in Whitehorse. The Steering Committee is comprised of twelve members. It is an urban diversion program. Referral to the program means that the youth will attend twelve consecutive workshops based on traditional and cultural values and family communication. The Steering Committee uses family group conferencing to deliberate on diversions. Adults that play a prominent role in the youth's life are included in the process as part of the youth's support system. Tan Sakwathan means the good path and aptly symbolizes the purpose of this program, namely encouraging youths to choose which path in life they will take. A full-time home-skill worker works with the youths and their families and a part-time co-ordinator assist in running the program. This program is unique for two reasons. First, more females have been referred than males. Secondly, the program includes as many people as possible in addressing the referral. The program has links with justice agencies, Aboriginal agencies and community resources. Protocol agreements are in place with both the Crown and RCMP.
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