Aboriginal Role Models

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is the second largest employer of people from the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures in the federal government. Aboriginal people develop correctional plans and deliver programs that bring Aboriginal history, culture and spirituality together with modern correctional ideology.

Aboriginal Role Models highlight the contributions of Aboriginal staff by talking about their experiences. Check back often to read new stories about employees from different areas of Canada. We will highlight employees from Inuit, Métis and First Nations backgrounds. You will get to read about their work in many of our key positions.

Peter Desjarlais

Peter Desjarlais

Sharing knowledge and cultural understanding with inmates is something Peter Desjarlais strives for on a daily basis. As a National Aboriginal Health Coordinator at National Headquarters (NHQ), Peter works hard to address health issues, needs and priorities of Aboriginal inmates.

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Jerome Simon Bear

Jerome Simon Bear

As an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Springhill Institution, Jerome Bear works as a liaison between staff, Aboriginal inmates and the outside community. With guidance from Elders, Jerome helps inmates learn about their culture and ensures they receive cultural services, an aspect of his job he takes pride in.

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Julie Dion

Julie Dion

As a Correctional Manager at Donnaconna and Drummondville Institutions, Julie Dion is proud to be a member of a team of Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) employees working together in order to provide a safe and secure working environment for offenders.

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Mary Alainga

Mary Alainga

As an Inuit community liaison officer working at the Ottawa Parole Office, Mary Alainga has the responsibility of helping Inuit offenders get to know their new city. For example, she offers information and assistance to offenders who are looking for Inuit services and resources, like the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Health Team Clinic, Inuit Family Resource Centre, Mamisarvik Healing Centre, and the TI Employment and Training Centre. Feeling connected to the Inuit community in Ottawa helps offenders make progress in their correctional plan and speeds up their return to their home communities.

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