Crime Prevention Investment Plan funding strategy

CPIP Research Brief and Guiding Document has been developed to guide Crime Prevention Investment Plan (CPIP) investments. Organizations should use this document to determine if their projects align with CPIP funding priorities. This document provides information on definitions of crime prevention, direction on using evidence-based approaches to crime prevention and current statistics on crime in Calgary.

CPIP funding will support time-bound projects for four (4) years. Eligible projects must align with one of following three areas:

  • Early identification - Projects targeted towards people most at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.  These  projects seek to mitigate risk factors and increase protective factors to interrupt pathways to crime.
  • Prevention of reoffending - Projects  targeted towards individuals who have already committed a crime, seeking to decrease the likelihood of escalation or re-occurrence. This level of crime prevention can also include diversion projects that redirect persons in conflict with the law to more appropriate community-based services.
  • Indigenous projects - Projects that align with one of the other focus areas and incorporate the concepts of Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin. Siim ohsksin: Wahkotiwin is based on Indigenous cultural approaches to discipline, responsibility, respect, accountability and uses a strong oral process.

Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin


While current crime prevention activities for Indigenous people focus primarily on the prevention of “criminal” activities, the rates of involvement with the justice system continue to increase. With the diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada, a blanket-approach would be ineffective. Considering the differences in culture and language, the common goal then becomes to establish or re-establish a relationship and connection to other people, community, traditional practices and values.

Siim ohksin: Wahkotiwin is the closest approximations for the Western idea of “crime prevention,” and underscores a complex ideology with multiple meanings:

  • To be responsible for yourself;
  • The wise ones warning us;
  • Watch your actions; and
  • Telling us not to do it.

This approach is positioned on the cultural principles of discipline, responsibility, respect, accountability and is made actionable by a strong oral process.

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