Aboriginal Community Development in Corrections
CSC is working with Aboriginal communities to develop community programs and deliver corrections to Aboriginal offenders.
- CSC is working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to develop initiatives, which will better serve the correctional needs of Aboriginal offenders.
- Aboriginal community developments in corrections include initiatives, such as:
- Aboriginal Healing Lodges (9 across Canada);
- Aboriginal Community Residential Facilities (23 across Canada);
- An Aboriginal Community Reintegration Program (Section 84 of the CCRA); and
- Transfers of Correctional Services to Aboriginal Communities (5 agreements signed under Section 81 of the CCRA)
- The Framework on the "Enhanced Role of Aboriginal Communities in Federal Corrections" was approved in March of 1999.
- In July 2000, Treasury Board approved 18.6M over a 5 year period. The priorities were:
- Developing Aboriginal community programs;
- Working with partners;
- Development of Healing Lodges; and
- Development of Sections 81/84 CCRA.
- Five agreements under Section 81 of the CCRA have been signed and discussions with several other Aboriginal communities have commenced.
- Section 84 releases are increasing and being utilized on a more consistent basis.
- CSC will begin focusing its attention on developing non-facility, community-based Agreements under Section 81 of the CCRA;
- Opportunities for Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal offenders, under Section 84 of the CCRA will be widely promoted;
- CSC has hired Aboriginal Community Development Officers in each region, to ensure further development in this area.
- CSC has agreements with National Aboriginal organizations and some regional Aboriginal organizations to work with CSC in accomplishing joint goals to safe and successful Aboriginal offender reintegration.
- Three national meetings have been held with current and developing Aboriginal healing lodge representatives to further strengthen these services.
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