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Kainai Preacemaking Program receives Justice Award

The Kainai Peacemaking Program received a 2016 Alberta Community Justice Award on Friday.
The program, which combines traditional Kainai teaching with principles of restorative justice to help community members resolve disputes with the law, was honoured in the Innovation category.
The 2016 Community Justice Awards were presented to recipients from across Alberta in recognition of local community safety and crime-prevention work.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards event, which was co-hosted with the Medicine Hat Police Service at McDougall Centre in Calgary.
“Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Alberta Community Justice Awards,” Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said. “Your efforts and contributions help ensure Alberta’s communities are safe, strong and resilient. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to community safety.”
Nominations for the Alberta Community Justice Awards are submitted annually by the public.
The awards are presented under the categories of leadership, innovation, community mobilization and partnerships and collaboration.
In the Leadership category, the Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions in Calgary was honoured for providing a holistic and client-centered approach to addictions and trauma recovery.
Lethbridge Police Const. Steven Baker was honoured in the Community Mobilization category for helping local businesses reduce theft and work together to prevent crime.
RCMP Sgt. Gary Maclaren was honoured in the Partnerships and Collaboration category for his commitment and efforts to improve the Maskwacis community and build a positive relationship between community members and law enforcement.
In the same category, Tully R. Johnson of Wetaskiwin was honoured for his life-long commitment to rural crime watch initiatives.
Also in the Partnerships and Collaboration category, Peace River RCMP Const. Scott Lowe was recognized for reducing crime in the community and building stronger relationships between youth and law enforcement.

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