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NEWS: Nunavut March 20, 2017 - 10:00 am

Nunavut justice minister releases crime prevention strategy

Intended to "reduce the incidence of crime in Nunavut"

On the last day of the recent legislative sitting, March 14, Nunavut's new crime prevention strategy was tabled. (FILE PHOTO)
On the last day of the recent legislative sitting, March 14, Nunavut's new crime prevention strategy was tabled. (FILE PHOTO)

Nunavut has a new five-year strategy aimed at preventing crime and reducing Nunavut’s rates of family violence and victimization by violent crimes and household crimes, which remain the highest in Canada.

Tabled, without fanfare, on March 14, the last day of the recent legislative sitting by Justice Minister Keith Peterson, the 47-page document says the new strategy is based on the “crime prevention through social development approach.”

This approach calls for measures to prevent crime along with “stakeholder action, government commitment, focus on community ownership, and client-centered interventions.”

In the document’s introduction, Peterson said the strategy will “help reduce the incidence of crime in Nunavut, and in so doing achieve our vision of strong and safe communities.”

Nunavut’s justice department promises to lead the crime-prevention effort “with thoughtful intention,” by working closely with communities.

The Government of Nunavut plans to back this up with an internal working group and money for a crime prevention fund.

The GN also plans to take a closer look at crime and communities, doing more research and building public awareness, to address the causes of crime and find out why people engage in criminal activities.

The strategy offers two case studies to show how its approach will play out.

Members of this community are “very concerned about youth and their needs,” the document says in one example given.

In this community you can see violence within families and child neglect. So, youth learn “unhealthy coping behaviours” from their environment.

And there is also a high flow of contraband and bootlegging that takes place in and around the community, the document goes on to say.

During a community engagement meeting to set crime prevention priorities, community members say youth commit a lot of mischief-oriented crimes—such as theft, break and enter, and vandalism—because they do not have a lot of activities and adult supervision is lacking.

Those at the meeting decide that their first action will aim to provide youth with more opportunities, and “this evolved into the decision to create a youth centre where youth can spend their time, with Elders present as much as possible to provide healthy support and mentorship.”

The crime prevention strategy flowed out of the community tour held between November 2013 and May 2014, followed by a public engagement report in November 2015.

Along with the strategy, another crime-fighting tool received assent March 14: Bill 19, the Unlawful Property Forfeiture Act.

This legislation is intended to undermine one of Nunavut’s most lucrative underground industries—the estimated $10-million-a-year market in bootlegging and the similarly valuable market for drugs.

Civil forfeiture would allow the GN to seize ill-gained property through a civil court order and use that property to help prevent illegal activities or to help victims of crime.

Proceeds from seizing property could, for example, be funnelled into the crime prevention fund mentioned in the new crime prevention strategy.

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(9) Comments:

#1. Posted by JESUS FREAK on March 20, 2017

Ban alcohol , and we will leave in a frozen garden of eden

#2. Posted by Inuk Person on March 20, 2017

Strategy after strategy. All the government does is come up with strategy, nothing ever gets done.

Look at the Nunavut Adult Learning Strategy and the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Are people in literate now? Did poverty cease in Nunavut?

I doubt the Crime Prevention Strategy will work.

Stop making strategies that are just words with no action, you spend all that money coming up with them, why not use the money to come up with real concrete results.

Talib Kweli;

Where do we go? What do we say? What do we do? Where do we go for inspiration, it’s like pain is our only inspiration.

Yea, I see a place where little boys and girls are shells in the oceans not knowin they a pearl.
No one to hold ‘em while they growin They livin’ moment to moment without a care in the whole world
Now, if I could help it I tell it just like it is and I may say some things that you don’t like to hear
I know this: that people lie, people kneel people die, people heal, people steal, and people shed a tear…

#3. Posted by Navigator on March 20, 2017

We will always need strategies. It is how we find our way together. That said, some are much better than others. I have read many of them and been distressed by the fogginess. This one is not foggy. This one is clear and practical. It has boundaries (not trying to fix everything) and is realistic. It is based on the best available theories of crime prevention and an extensive community consultation (for real, not just in performance). And no I don’t work for Justice. I am just thrilled as a citizen to see such a plain and practical document. Good work, Justice staff and all Nunavummiut who contributed over the years. This should serve as a template for future strategies.

#4. Posted by Russie on March 20, 2017

I agree with # 2.
We pay a fortune to all kinds of committees and slick lawyers but
nothing changes and the justice system lets the offenders go free.
Law for the rich.Law for the poor.

#5. Posted by WAIT WAIT WAIT all we do poor leadership on March 21, 2017

We WAIT WAIT WAIT all we do and nothing gets done who say’s they will do actions and once done the wrong things and abuse after ,

I hope they can learn from the past and work things better ....


#6. Posted by Sam on March 21, 2017

@2: no, we need strategies. If we didnt then we’d just be in a tailspin. The problem is people (GN depts responsible) don’t follow and implement them.

#7. Posted by Jim MacDonald on March 21, 2017

March 14: Bill 19, the Unlawful Property Forfeiture Act is where your property – cash in bank, ATV, boat, truck, house, what ever can be seized without charges against you. 

It’s based on the old British colonial method. And the Nixon war on drugs upgrade to the seizing of transactions,cash and property.

Any property seized; truck, snow-machine lets say transported 6 bottles of booze and supposedly bootlegged. It’s the owner of the property seized who may not even be charged who must prove at their expense the property in question is not part of a crime. Not police or GN to prove it is. 

Civil Liberty forfeiture is also called racial discrimination as it targets low income people. Who can’t afford legal costs to prove their little property should not be seized.

NTI, Inuit Orgs better eagle eye watch GN’s Unlawful Property Forfeiture Act. Because it’s turned into a cash cow in the states. Hurting the poor so much some state Governments are using Bills to stop Property Forfeiture.

#8. Posted by John Hmm on March 22, 2017

Apparently it is your socio-economic status that largely determines if you commit crime or not. If you get richer you will do less crime.
Youth need jobs and money and to feel good about themselves. Does the strategy address getting jobs for youth? To reduce the unemployment rate for youth? What is the saying, “Idleness is the devil’s workshop”. If you have idle youth they will do more crime as will adults as well.

#9. Posted by Aesopmiut on March 23, 2017

Once the mice had a meeting, they decide to hang a bell around the
cats neck because of the problems the cat was making for them.
What a great idea said the mice, and all picked up their honorariums
and about to go home.
Then an old mouse, with his tail and one of his legs missing said,That
is good but who is going to put the bell around the cats neck?
More meetings, More meetings, and More meetings.
Such is the way of Nunavut.

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