Authorized staff and visitors, as well as Elders and other religious and spiritual leaders, pre approved by the Institutional Head, are permitted to carry spiritual items into the institution. The spiritual items may include, but are not limited to tobacco, ceremonial pipes and ignition sources.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES
The Regional Deputy Commissioner in consultation with the Director General, Aboriginal Initiatives, and the Director General, Chaplaincy, will approve Standing Orders dealing with the accommodation of Aboriginal, religious and spiritual practices to ensure they are appropriate.
The Institutional Head or District Director (CCCs) will ensure:
that staff members, offenders, and visitors are informed that smoking is prohibited
that educational information is provided to offenders who wish to quit smoking
that a Standing Order for institutions is developed in consultation with Elders, Aboriginal advisory bodies, regional Aboriginal Initiatives staff, Chaplains, regional Chaplaincy staff and other religious leaders to accommodate Aboriginal, religious, and spiritual practices. The standing order will address the following:
ensuring offender access to tobacco and ignition sources for personal smudging in individual cells, rooms, and common areas, including segregation, to the extent safely possible
ensuring access to tobacco and ignition sources for smudging for the duration of a private family visit
ensuring access to tobacco and ignition sources for group ceremonial practice
ensuring that, for the purposes of offerings and protocol, that tobacco is permitted
ensuring that there are designated indoor spaces sufficient for group ceremonies
purchasing, distribution, handling and storage of tobacco and ignition sources, as well as other materials used for religious or spiritual practices
procedures for ensuring the accommodation of religious and spiritual practices during lockdown
that procedures are documented in a Standing Order for CCCs that ensures the accommodation of spiritual and religious practices, including the accommodation of tobacco and ignition sources, for the purposes of smudging and religious practice. An indoor space is required for personal prayer and spiritual practice.
Staff members will report any incident of smoking in violation of this policy or the institutional Standing Order to management.
Employees who are in violation of this policy or the institutional Standing Order are subject to the employee disciplinary process.
Inmates who are in violation of this policy or the institutional Standing Order are subject to the inmate disciplinary process.
Offenders who are in violation of this policy or the Standing Order are subject to administrative sanctions as deemed appropriate by the District Director.
CSC contractors, volunteers and visitors who are in violation of this policy will be requested to cease smoking or dispose of any unauthorized smoking items and if they persist will be directed to leave the institution or CCC.
Unauthorized smoking items: smoking items including, but not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, chewing tobacco, cigarette making machines, matches and lighters are unauthorized items within the meaning of section 2 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations, except tobacco and ignition sources used for the accommodation of Aboriginal spirituality or other religious practices.