News Release - September 8, 2000
BUFFALO REGIONAL VICTIMS SERVICES PROGRAM OPENS
Another step to help victims of crime was taken in Northern Saskatchewan today,
with the official opening of the Buffalo Regional Victims Services Program in
"The opening of the Buffalo Narrows program brings the network of police-
affiliated victims services programs in Saskatchewan to 17," Justice Minister
Chris Axworthy said. "This program was designed in partnership with the
community to meet the specific needs of the people in the Buffalo Narrows area,
people who have been victims of crime and their families."
Saskatchewan Justice is providing $55,500 in annual funding to the Buffalo
Narrows Victims Services Program. The program will serve the communities of
Buffalo Narrows, Turnor Lake, Bear Creek, Dillon, St. George's Hill, Michel
Village, the Buffalo River Dene Nation and the Birch Narrows First Nation.
The building that houses the program was formerly the quarters for married
members of the local RCMP detachment. The building has been converted to
accommodate the new Victims Services program and a "soft room". Soft rooms
provide a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere where police can conduct
video-taped interviews. The rooms are used primarily to interview children as
part of investigations of child abuse.
The government is providing one time funding of $5,000 to equip the Buffalo
Narrows soft room with the necessary video equipment. Furniture for the soft
room has been donated by The Northern Store, Buffalo Narrows; The Brick, Prince
Albert; and Houle Furniture, Prince Albert. To date, 26 soft rooms have been
established in 22 Saskatchewan communities.
In co-operation with the RCMP and municipal police forces, Victims Services co-
ordinators and volunteers provide information, support and referral services to
victims of crime. Last year, more than 400 volunteers gave 76,000 hours of
their time to help 20,000 people who were victims of crime throughout
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