left side sleeve with military badge, right side sleeve with CSC badge

Transition from the military to CSC: challenging but worthwhile

Shortly after Anne Marie Joyce first started at Correctional Service Canada (CSC) in 2000, she sent around an email that she later realized offended almost every person who received it. She didn’t understand what had upset them until it was pointed out that her military-style directness was not how people communicate in the public service.
Two orange beaded t-shirts on a table.

Beading orange shirts teaches cultural art and inspires healing

On August 27, a dreamcatcher with a tiny orange beaded shirt in its center was placed at the Kamloops Indian Residential School monument. A note below the dreamcatcher said: ‘Made in honour of the residential schoolchildren who never returned home, by the Pathways Indigenous brothers at CSC Joyceville Minimum Institution.’
A poppy that has bloomed in the garden of a CSC employee.

Matsqui Institution inmate pens heartfelt poem to CSC volunteers

From April 18-24 2021, the Correctional Service of Canada celebrated National Volunteer Week.
Dr. Emerson Douyon

The Legacy of Dr. Emerson Douyon

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is increasingly aware of the needs of ethnocultural offenders, thanks in large part to the pioneering work of Dr.
Mountain Institution

Giving back - Lifer’s Group donation to Emma’s Acres

On May 21, 2019, the Mountain Institution Lifer’s Group donated a bench grinder and cheque to a few special volunteers for their efforts and work through Emma’s Acres/LINC. Emma’s Acres is an agricultural social enterprise managed by the Long-Term Inmates Now in the Community, better known as LINC, which was founded in 1992 by Glen and Sherry Flett in Mission, BC. 
Writing for Personal Growth

Writing for Personal Growth

In order to encourage Donnacona Institution students to write beyond the scholastic context, I invited them to participate in the Ma plus belle histoire writing contest for adult students in Quebec.
Lookout Garden at Mission Institution

Lookout Garden at Mission Institution

It was a long, hot summer. Usually this type of statement in a correctional facility is an indicator that things are not going well and trouble is brewing, but at Mission Minimum, it was a sign that good deeds were on the horizon.
The positive impacts of CORCAN work experiences on reintegration

The positive impacts of CORCAN work experiences on reintegration

A new CORCAN project began in the Quebec Region in the summer of 2018 to support offenders on conditional release with their social and occupational reintegration. This initiative allows them to work as installers on a transitional basis to develop and apply technical and job-related skills prior to entering the job market.
The new Smartpods Pulse assembly and testing site

Nova Institution, the new Smartpods Pulse assembly and testing site

Tucked away at Nova Institution in Truro, Nova Scotia offenders are hard at work at the new Pulse assembly and testing site. This site is operated by CORCAN as part of the offender employment and employability program.

How the Correctional Officer Uniform Has Changed Throughout Canada’s History

What is the significance of a uniform? For community agents like police, firefighters or paramedics, a uniform is not a frivolously designed garment: It’s a visually distinct identifier that signifies a social purpose. After all, having an easily recognizable signifier allows citizens to determine the community agent’s purpose.
Salle de jeu

Bowden and Drumheller Institutions support local minority language communities

The Official Languages Act (OLA) Part 7 requires that Government of Canada departments take positive measures to enhance the vitality of English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada by supporting their development. Official language minority communities (OLMCs) are generally English-speaking people in the province of Quebec and francophones in the rest of Canada.
Pictured from left to right: Uttaqivik CRC Manager Jackie Jordison, Parole Officer Supervisor Hamza Al-Baghdadi, Jonathan Agligoetok, Coordinating Instructor Captain Randy Pittman.

Offender on release discusses benefits of the Kisarvik Program

Inuit communities share ties to Canada's oceans that span generations. They value the oceans as a source of livelihood, food security, and transportation routes. The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium (NFMTC), a not-for-profit organization created in 2005, provides training opportunities to Nunavut land claim beneficiaries interested in pursuing careers in the fishing industry through the Kisarvik Program.