OUR HISTORY

1990’s

THE BEGINNING

Father Andre is Lead Chaplain at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre. Two active gang members who had participated in community outreach presentations with Andre expressed their desire to leave their gangs and wanted support from him as they worked to change their lives. This was how STR8 UP began – with Andre and a growing number of men, women, and youth who relied on him for support, counseling, and a community connection.

2002

BUILDING CONNECTIONS

Andre retires from the Saskatoon Correctional Centre but continues doing community presentations and involves STR8 UP members in these by asking them to share their stories and experiences with the community.

2007

DEVELOPING A VISION

Father Andre meets Stan Tu’Inkuafe, then a youth worker with the John Howard Society. Together they developed the conditions for STR8 UP Membership and the organization’s Visions & Goals and STR8 UP becomes an outreach program under the umbrella of the John Howard Society.

2013

A NEW CHAPTER

STR8 UP leaves the John Howard Society to branch out on our own.

2014

WE’RE GROWING

STR8 UP incorporates as our own non-profit and registered Canadian charity. This has enabled us to expand our outreach services, introduce new programs, provide advocacy and support in correctional facilities and courtrooms and connect members with other community supports and resources.

Today

STR8 UP is working toward a province-wide, community-based gang strategy to help address the needs of individuals and communities that are impacted by gangs in Saskatchewan. In 2018 it organized the Provincial Gang Strategy Forum that was followed by Phase I and II Reports found at http://provincialgangstrategy.ca/.