On May 29, 2017 the Minister of Justice launched the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is a Justice Canada annual outreach initiative. Its goal is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services and laws in place to help them and their families. The Government of Canada has provided $1,258,421 in funding to community organizations in support of 195 Victims and Survivors of Crime Week projects and events in every province and in the territories. According to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., M.P., the Minister of Justice, “The empowerment of victims involves acknowledging the harms done to individuals and communities through the commission of a crime. The Government of Canada is pleased to host the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Symposium and to provide funding for community events across the country that help raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services and laws in place to help them and their families.”
However, victims and survivors of crimes prosecuted before service tribunal are left OUT IN THE COLD!
They are left out because the Minister has failed to note that victims of crimes investigated by the military police or prosecuted by military tribunals are excluded at section 18(3) of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, S.C. 2015, c.13 from the rights and protection offered by this legislative act. SHAME.