Some anti-violence programs across the province say they're struggling financially. This comes, as stories of youth committing serious acts of violence have surfaced recently.
The Prince Albert Outreach Program once ran a program called Youth Alliance Against Gangs. The federal government stopped funding the program two years ago. The organization is still running, but is now a shadow of its former self.
"We used to be able to do some really intensive work with these kids, which is what they need, the day-to-day stuff when they're involved with things on the street," said Executive Director Peggy Rubin. "We were there to help them, help them go to court, make positive decisions, and now that we've lost about five or six employees for that program. We're still trying to help them, but it's not as near extensive as it used to be."
At its peak, Rubin said the program was very successful.
"We worked with 140 kids here in Prince Albert, and about 98 percent of those kids were involved in alcohol or drugs," she said. "When we were finished, we were down to about 35 percent."
This isn't the only program that has struggled since their money was cut. Regina Anti-Gang Services, or RAGS, closed its doors in April 2012 after its money ran out. A program run by the Prince Albert Metis Women Association called Stop Now and Plan is still running in local schools, but is also struggling.
Young people in the program say these programs make a difference in their lives.
"If I didn't have the Won-Ska School and the Youth Activity Centre, I probably would have been still on the streets, doing drugs, in a gang," said 19 year old Leo McAdam.
Saskatchewan's Ministry of Social Services is planning a meeting with the Prince Albert Metis Women Association to talk about funding options.
Last week, a 13 year old boy was charged with the stabbing of a 13 year old girl in Warman. In August, RCMP said a child under 12 was responsible for the death of six-year-old Lee Bonneau on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation.