Aboriginal Healing Lodges
CSC is working towards meeting some of the Aboriginal-specific accommodation needs of Aboriginal federal offenders, through the establishment of healing lodges.
- CSC currently operates or funds Aboriginal communities for 8 (eight) healing lodges across Canada;
- They are developed and operated in partnership with Aboriginal communities;
- The majority of staff members, including the Directors, are of Aboriginal descent; and
- Preliminary research demonstrates that they are providing appropriate safe reintegration results.
- Healing Lodges, such as Pê Sâkâstêw Centre and Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge have been operating in the Samson Cree and Nekaneet First Nation communities for approximately 5 years.
- CSC is establishing the Willow Cree Healing Lodge on the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation.
- Agreements under Section 81of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act for the operation of Healing Lodges, have been signed with several Healing Lodges, including:
- Native Counselling Services for the operation of the Stan Daniels Healing Centre;
- Prince Albert Grand Council for the Wahpeton Healing Lodge
- Ochichakkosipi First Nation Healing Lodge; and
- Waseskun Healing Centre in Quebec.
- In addition, the Somba Ke' Healing Lodge in the NWT is contemplating Section 81.
- CSC is considering the development of additional Healing Lodges in Canada.
- Three National Meetings of Current and Developing Healing Lodge Representatives were recently held in 2000-01. Working groups are established to examine issues, such as standards development; Aboriginal programming; Aboriginal employment/staff issues; offender recruitment issues and a professional association.
- CSC is in discussions with various Aboriginal communities, on the possibility of carrying out CCRA section 81 agreements for the operation of existing CSC healing lodges.
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