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Big Funding Boost for Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Centres PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:27

During times of zero budget hikes or even cutbacks, one group got a pleasant surprise today.  The provincial government has announced a 22 per cent hike in funding for sexual assault centres in the province.

The announcement was made by Russ Marchuk on behalf of Saskatchewan Justice.

Marchuk says it is about keeping children safe, protected and recognizing the need to do more for groups that work with victims of sexual abuse.  Six organizations will receive a total of $1.2 million in funding this year.

He says it will allow them to continue to work on behalf of victims and even expand their services.

"Anything that we can to insure that well-being and safety of our citizens is paramount to government, so the decision was really quite easy," he says. " Education, awareness and support, as you heard this morning, are the three keys to sexual violence awareness and we are very proud to be able to support that."

Debbie House is the administrator for the Regina Sexual Assault Centre.  She can't remember the last time she saw this kind of funding increase.

"So to get core funding for existing programs, I have never heard of that," she says.  "I have been here for 25 years and it has never happened since I have been here.  So this is huge for us.  We have an existing program that the Ministry of Justice has recognized is a really terrific, worthwhile program -- our Kids on the Block program."

That program is aimed at education children about sexual abuse.  It is estimated that one in three girls and one in five boys will be a victim of sexual abuse -- and in 70 per cent of the cases, they will be abused by someone they know.

The increase in provincial funding will go to sexual assault centres in the Battlefords, Lloydminister, Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton and Prince Albert.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:36
 
Active Aboriginal Children More Likely to Finish School: Study PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:20

A new study finds that Aboriginal kids have a better chance of finishing school when they are active.

The Statistics Canada report from 2012 found that weekly participation in sports for boys increased their chances of finishing high school by the age of 18.

For girls, it is participation in club activities that has an impact on timely high school completion.

The study also found that in their last year of school, 46 per cent of off-reserve First Nations youth aged 18 to 24 participated in sport activities on a weekly basis.

 
Over 500 Youth Visit Career Fair on La Ronge-area Reserve PDF Print E-mail
Written by Braden Malsbury   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:09

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band's Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre played host to the 29th Annual La Ronge and Area Career Fair yesterday.

This year's event featured a new twist with a "Hands on Careers" station where youth could learn about different trades and hands on skills.

"We have nine presenters and they're instructors/mentors -- journeypeople or seasoned professionals that work hands on," said career fair spokesperson Clarence Neault.

The career fair proved to be successful as over 500 people came through the doors of the JRMCC before noon on Tuesday.

 
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