CAC National Chairperson Chelsea Morrey at the International Corrections and Prison Associations (ICPA) Conference
Chelsea Morrey began volunteering with CACs e
Interview with Sylvie-Ann Lavigne
In the summer of 1967, Winnipeg, Manitoba was host to the Pan American games - the largest event to ever take place in the city of Winnipeg. In the lead up to the opening ceremonies, the Pan Am torch had to make its way from St. Paul, Minnesota to Winnipeg. As part of the torch run, organizers selected ten Indigenous runners to carry the flame on its final leg. All runners but one were selected from residential schools in Manitoba. The formal start of the run began on July 17, 1967, after the torch was lit on the steps of the Minnesota capital. Over five days, covering 500 miles and chaperoned by a State Trooper, the runners followed an old route used by Indigenous people to carry mail from the US to Canada.
The Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC) Kicksta
For offenders from Nunavut, maintaining a relationship with family members and friends is a lifelong challenge. Nunavut consists of roughly 25 small and remote Inuit communities that are only accessible by air. There is a lack of federal facilities in Nunavut and offenders often serve time in the South away from their communities and families.
On February 21, 2018, the Regional Mental Health Centre (RMHC) opened its doors to community partners. Located in the Quebec Region, the RMHC is a multi-level security facility for male inmates who have various mental health needs.
The idea of restorative justice (RJ) is one that has the potential to provoke strong reactions. As its name implies, the general concept prioritizes the rehabilitation of offenders in the interest of public safety and reintegration into society, often through open dialogue between victims and offenders. For Barbara Tomporowski, a senior policy analyst with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, it’s one that’s close to her heart: “RJ is a great opportunity to have timely and effective justice to resolve cases quickly for victims, families, offenders and communities who are affected.”
Since 2003, Lori Ebbesen, this year’s recipient of the James A. Murphy Award of Excellence, has been an active, engaged member of CACs, both regionally and nationally. An advocate in the Prairie region for enhancing the role of CACs in supporting CSC’s mandate, Lori’s dedication and commitment to public safety has served as a positive motivator for others and made her an effective leader.
When the Jamieson Community Correctional Centre (CCC) opened in August 2017, there were plans to grow a vegetable and flower garden on site. By the spring of 2018, the gardening project officially began as a collaboration between the CCC’s manager and CORCAN’s Employment and Employability Program.
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Building structures and skills – How employees at CSC are helping offenders become employable upon their release
In September we had the pleasure of sharing a story about the Piapot modular build, an initiative that gave offenders at Saskatchewan Penitentiary the opportunity to give back t
In 2017, a partnership formed that would help change the lives of many incarcerated men across Canada. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN), and the Movember Foundation have collaborated to help incarcerated Dads come back to their families and reintegrate successfully into the community.
As a team, the Prairie Region chiefs of education and teachers recognize that they are fortunate to have the ability to work from home. Teachers have continued to be busy during this time by building teaching resources, participating in professional development, and updating curriculum tools for the students.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Marilyn Stone, Saskatchewan Penitentiary Librarian, along with volunteers from the community, wanted to find a way to help the staff and inmate population at Saskatchewan Penitentiary stay safe. They decided making masks was a contribution they could give in the fight against this virus.
Through the CORCAN Operations Division, CSC offenders can learn a variety of useful skills to help them in their reintegration into society. Offenders at the minimum-security unit of Stony Mountain Institution have recently put their skills to the test by participating in a course called Introduction to Residential Construction. This course provides offenders with specialized training in the increasingly technical field of building science.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inmate Welfare Committee (IWC) at Drumheller Institution decided they wanted to do something to help the local community. The IWC recognized the harsh limitations and challenges that families were having during this time, especially single mothers, when dealing with having adequate food, clothing and shelter and decided they wanted to collect money to assist those most vulnerable.