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Sex offender project in limbo amid funding flap
But a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan said Monday that no decisions have been made.
Andrew McWhinnie, head of Circles of Support and Accountability, said he was personally informed of the rejection last Friday by Robert Cormier of the National Crime Prevention Centre, which falls under Van Loan's ministry.
It's the first time the circles program, a Canadian community-based group that has been copied internationally, has sought major federal funds.
Stepping toward restorative justice: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
In June 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized on behalf of the Canadian government to former students of Indian residential schools for “failing them so profoundly.” The apology, long sought from survivors, was only one part of the court-approved package that also included $1.9 billion in compensation distributed to living survivors.
Thousands of Aboriginals have come forward in recent years to speak about the mental, physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the schools that operated across the country. The purpose of the schools was to “kill the Indian in the child” and systematically destroy Aboriginal culture. Harper said the forced assimilation was “wrong, caused great harm and has no place in this country.”
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is the other piece of the package that aims to help heal the rift between oppressor and oppressed. The Commission will document survivors’ stories, hold seven national events and create a public archive. The Commission’s success will be measured by how much the rest of Canada participates....