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The power of collaboration: CAC provides learning opportunities to a wide-range of community partners

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) benefits from nearly 4000 volunteers, which includes 300 dedicated members of CSC's Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs). CSC is required by legislation to have a CACs at every institution and parole office across the country, who are the “eyes and ears” of their communities. This partnership provides CSC an opportunity to raise community awareness of our mandate as well as build trust and accountability with the public we serve.
Family Forever by the first place art winner

Pacific Institution recognizes the impact of residential schools through art

This past summer, Canadians were saddened when hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children were discovered at residential schools in western Canada. By September 30, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, hundreds more had been identified on the grounds of former residential schools in various other regions across Canada. People across the country, including inmates at Pacific Institution, wanted to highlight the importance of honouring the Survivors and recognizing the impact of the residential school system on Indigenous communities and individuals.
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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.’
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.
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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.
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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.