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NEWS: Nunavut November 01, 2012 - 8:45 am

Now relatives, victims of crime can attend court hearings in Nunavut

Ottawa will give Nunavut $200,000 over five years for travel assistance program

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The federal justice minister has approved funding of $1.3 million over five years to help the Government of Nunavut provide travel assistance and access to justice for victims of crime in Nunavut, Nunavut’s justice minister said Oct. 31 in the Nunavut legislature.

The money will help families who have lost relatives through homicide and victims of other serious crimes to attend court hearings. They will be able to apply for travel assistance money from an annual budget of $200,000.

A portion of the funding has been used by the Department of Justice to develop policies, procedures and a manual for providing and managing this travel assistance program, Shewchuk said.

A policy manual now outlines the details of the approval process for applicants who want travel assistance.

‘We are happy to be able to provide the opportunity for victims or their immediate family members to attend court hearings and look forward to continuing to support victims and their families through this program,” Shewchuk said.

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