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Review of the Roots of Youth Violence:
Community Perspectives Report

Volume 3

Introduction


To our community partners:

There are many kinds of communities. Often, we think of a community as something that has a specific location – our own neighbourhood, town or city, or our rural township or region. But we are all familiar with other kinds of communities: those made up of individuals who share common cultures or common interests, or attend the same school or work at the same jobs. In that sense, you are probably a member of several different communities.

This volume of our report on the Roots of Youth Violence is dedicated to all of you, in all your different communities, who participated in this review in so many different ways:

The information you shared has added richness, texture and depth to our appreciation of the issues that Premier McGuinty asked us to review. While it is difficult to truly comprehend the lived experience of those touched by violence and its roots, we believe you have helped us come closer to the truth of these realities.

We especially value your contributions because you told us that you are tired of being consulted by government committees and agencies whose reports never seem to make any difference in your lives. We understand that, and we hope our report is the start of a new process that will lead to real and meaningful change in Ontario. We also hope that our consultation process has left something in each community, and that you will continue to support our work long after this review is finished

We promised to report back to you about our work, and this volume is our attempt to honour those commitments. That’s why we’ve called it “Community Perspectives.”

We promised to report back to you about our work, and this volume is our attempt to honour those commitments.

This volume focuses on what we heard from our community contacts, most especially from the youth. We’ve provided the full text of the Neighbourhood Insight Sessions Final Report (Insight Final Report), the Grassroots Youth Collaborative’s Rooted in Action: A Youth-Led Report on our Demands and Plans to Address the Root Causes of Violence in our Communities (GYC Report) and a report from the Urban Aboriginal Youth consultations, and we’ve included some of the thoughts contributed by others through our online survey and one-on-one meetings.

In all of what you told us, we heard a lot of agreement about the roots of violence involving youth and what can be done about them, and in Chapter 3, we’ve summarized your priorities under six themes.

In Chapter 4, we relate some stories about people who are making a difference in their communities; we hope they may inspire you to keep working in your neighbourhoods.

For your convenience, we have included a summary of our recommendations to the Premier in Chapter 5, and we hope that you will see your priorities reflected in them. Even more, we hope you will support them and will make your support known.

Finally, let us thank you once again for your commitment to making your communities better places for everyone, especially for the youth, who are the future of our province.

Signature of Roy McMurtry
Roy McMurtry
Signature of Alvin Curling
Alvin Curling

Co-Chairs
For more information about Co-Chairs Roy McMurtry and Alvin Curling, visit the Roots of Youth Violence website at www.rootsofyouthviolence.on.ca

1 For more information about our consultations, see the Neighbourhood Insight Sessions Final Report and the GYC’s Rooted in Action: A Youth-Led Report on our Demands and Plans to Address the Root Causes of Violence in our Communities, both included in this volume, as well as Chapter 2 of our report to the Premier.

2 A summary of the results of more than 5,000 submissions to our online survey is included at the end of this volume.

Contents

Volume 1. Findings, Analysis and Conclusions

Volume 2. Executive Summary

Volume 3. Community Perspectives Report

Volume 4. Research Papers

Volume 5. Literature Reviews