Southeast Regional Child & Youth Sexual Exploitation Committee

Promoting Child and Youth Safety through Community Connection

“Keep Children Safe”

Sexual Exploitation:

Exchange of sexual acts for alcohol, drugs, solvents, food, clothing, shelter, protection, safety, other basics of life, favours, approval and/or money.

The act of luring or engaging a child, under the age of 18 into a sexual act, and or involvement in the sex trade or pornography with or without the child’s consent.

Age of Consent: In The Criminal Code of Canada, the age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years.

  • The age of consent applies to all forms of sexual activity, ranging from sexual touching, to kissing, to sexual intercourse
  • The age of consent is 18 years where the sexual activity exploits the young person.

Close in age or peer group exception: This exception permits 14 and 15 year olds to engage in sexual activity with a partner who is less than five years older than they are, and with whom there is no relationship of trust, authority, or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.


To raise awareness of Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation and advocate on behalf of them in the Southeast Tribal Area


Membership Can Include Representatives From:

  • SERDC HIV/AIDS Program
  • SERDC Mental Health
  • SERDC Addictions
  • SE Collegiate
  • SE Child Protection
  • Southeast Youth
  • Southeast Elder
  • RCMP
  • Those Who Have Experienced Sexual Exploitation

Committee History

Established in 2007

Terms of Reference is in place

Attained and assessed available resources:

  • Red Cross: Walking the Prevention Circle
  • Child Find Sexual Exploitation Resources
  • New Directions
  • Kanikanichihk Foster Homes for victims of Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Butterfly Lodge “Kiikiwaap Teachings”
  • Survivor of sexual exploitation
  • Printed and media materials
  • Initiated Stop Sex with Kids Awareness Billboard on Hwy 59

Advocated for and gained understanding of the Age of Consent Legislation

Identified supports and services for victims

Meets with Stakeholders and explores options on:

  • Raising youth and service agencies awareness of sexual exploitation and where to find help
  • Funding for prevention training
  • Providing information to community resource workers and members
  • Providing services to victims and families

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Meet monthly to review and update plans
  • Respond to Southeast First Nations in promoting awareness and prevention activities
  • Research resources on prevention education and intervention tools
  • Present information to Southeast Groups & Agencies within the Tribal Area
  • Participate in regional conferences to address the issue
  • Liaise with other agencies
  • Provide annual report

For further information contact:

Genevieve Bruce SECFS


Southeast Resource Development Council Corp.
Head Office: Box 30 Scanterbury, Manitoba R0E 1W0
Winnipeg Office: 6th Floor - 360 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T6