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Saskatchewan government doles out money from Ottawa to reduce gang violence

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says it’s providing money to two community-based organizations to help reduce gang violence.

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing says it’s giving the two groups that work with people connected to gangs a total of $4.5 million over the next four years.

Regina Treaty Status Indian Services operates in the province’s south and STR8 Up works in central and northern Saskatchewan.

The government says the organizations provide intervention services to helps people leave gang life and return to their communities.

It expects the groups will work with about 100 people connected to gangs over the four years.

Earlier this year, Ottawa announced it was giving the province $11.9 million over five years to help deal with gun and gang violence as part of a nationwide initiative.

“When people are given appropriate opportunity, they can make true change, for themselves and their family,” Erica Beaudin, executive director of Regina Treaty Status Indian Services, said in a release.

Public Safety Canada reports firearm-related homicides are on the rise and gang-related murders in some of the country’s largest cities have doubled since 2013.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 10, 2019.

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