Date of Release:  February 19, 2014

(Thunder Bay, ON)  The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) is pleased to announce the commencement of Project NorthStar this Monday, February 24, 2014. 

The main objective of Project NorthStar is to educate, mentor and protect the youth of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) about the realities of gang life.  A designated police officer will be working on this project and in partnership with Youth Probation and Parole.  The NAPS Guns & Gangs Unit along with the Criminal Intelligence Analyst will also be part of the Project NorthStar Team. 

Project NorthStar will travel to the NAN communities served by NAPS to provide a two-hour presentation on the following topics for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age:

- To reduce the growing number of gang members in Nishnawbe-Aski Nations communities

- Education of youth, parents and community members

- Support communities and youth at risk by teaching skills needed to resist joining gangs

- Mobilize community resources and bridge communication gaps between these organizations

- Facilitate and lead meetings and gatherings aimed at youth at risk

Project NorthStar was created from funding provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Proceeds of Crime – Front Line Policing Grant and will run for approximately six months. 

The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service serves 34 First Nation communities in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Territory. 

For further information, please contact: 

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Sgt. Jackie George

Media Relations- Phone 807-346-6593 or cell 807-629-4807

Nishnawbe –Aski Police Headquarters

Thunder Bay, Ontario