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.’
National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee (NEAC) logo with text that reads "celebrating 20 years"

Celebrating 20 years of collaboration with many of Canada’s diverse communities

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is proud to work with thousands of members of the public in various capacities across our organization. They help (CSC) fulfill its mandate by bringing a community perspective to our work and contributing to the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.
An open book with the pages turning.

Book clubs that inspire and transform

The Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay, a retired educator, has always had a passion for helping others and giving back to the community. In 2008, while searching for life’s purpose, she found herself reaching out to Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Collins Bay Institution in Ontario, to propose a new program: a book club for inmates. Carol got the idea from scholars she met online in London, England who had started book clubs in their local penitentiaries.
A close-up photo of two orchids.

Transforming lives, one victim and offender at a time

Michelle Moore, an Institutional Parole Officer at the Correctional Service of Canada’s Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford, British-Columbia, observed a face-to-face meeting between an inmate, under her supervision, and the mother of the young man he had shot and killed.
A close up of a bee landed on the thumb of a beekeeper.

“Buzzing” Around at Stony Mountain Institution!

Recently, Stony Mountain Institution has launched a beekeeping initiative with the help of CORCAN and community partners, fuelled by staff ingenuity and inmate participation.
Eva Goldthorp holds the orange vinyl and paper hearts she created.

Showing solidarity for residential school survivors—one orange heart at a time

When Eva Goldthorp put an orange paper heart in her living room window in Chilliwack, British Columbia, she had no idea that hundreds of orange hearts would soon hang in windows across Canada.
Members from the theatrical production, Antigone, in costume on stage.

William Head on Stage: celebrating live theatre for 40 years

Every fall, since 1981, William Head on Stage (WHoS) has been attracting audiences of up to 2,500 over 15 nights.
Four stacks of honey bee colonies.

Building skills with CORCAN’s beekeeping program

In 2018, the CORCAN employment and employability program started a beekeeping initiative as part of the re-opening of the penitentiary farms at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions.
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.
Combined image of road. Left-hand photo shows dull lighting. Right-hand image shows the same road with bright lights illuminating it.

CSC: Protecting People and the Environment

One morning during the summer of 2019, Dawne Flaborea received an unusual phone call. A North Atlantic right whale had died, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans wanted to bury it on the property of one of the Correctional Service of Canada’s CSC east coast institutions.  
A collage of photos of the residents of St. Michael’s Long Term Care Home using their tablets.  Some are holding signs that say “thank you”.

Edmonton Institution group helps connect local seniors

A group of correctional officers from Edmonton Institution (EI) established a workplace fundraising committee in response to the needs of families whose loved ones perished or were injured in the line of duty as correctional officers. Even though this cause was the drive behind their initial efforts, the EI Relief Fund has contributed to a variety of charitable organizations and causes since its inception. The EI Relief Fund fundraises through a variety of ways including receiving donations, activities such as BBQs and 50/50 draws.
Pictured with Star Blankets, from left to right: Christina Jocko, Janice Durham, Shirley Buffalo Calf, Charlene Wilson and Carly Shaver.

OOHL residents donate handmade Star Blankets to grieving families

In recent weeks, residents at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge (OOHL) made 25 quilted baby blankets to give back to the community. The Star Blankets will be donated to parents who have, unfortunately, lost their newborns during either the birthing process or post-natal.  The OOHL residents were compelled to make this offering as they themselves are mothers, Aunties, Kokums (grandmothers) and they understand the importance of children amongst Indigenous culture.