We call upon the federal government to provide more supports for Aboriginal programming in halfway houses and parole services.
Why “In Progress?”
Through Budget 2017 Correction Services of Canada (CSC) increased the number of Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers in urban centres to better respond to the needs of Indigenous offenders especially through halfway houses. Specifically, the job descriptions of the Liaison Officers is to work with Elders to facilitate, organize and coordinate traditional and spiritual ceremonies, social activities, as well as Aboriginal cultural programs.
In June 2021, the Correctional Service of Canada’s Indigenous Offender Reintegration Contribution Program was approved by Treasury Board. This contribution program is an opportunity for the Correctional Service of Canada to distribute funding to the Indigenous governing bodies and organizations:
- developing or delivering services to improve correctional results for Indigenous offenders
- addressing the overrepresentation of Indigenous offenders in the system
- creating safer communities and strengthening community partnerships
The total value of the contribution program is $4,875,000 over 5 years and $1.5 million per year ongoing.
CSC has also identified the use of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act Section 84 release process.
CBA Response to TRC
The Canadian Bar Association endorses Call to Action # 37 (See above Call to Action 30) https://www.cba.org/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=73c612c4-41d6-4a39-b2a6-db9e72b7100d…
Sections 81 and 84 Services
Corrections and Conditional Release Act: Section 81 and 84
Two sections of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) provide the opportunity for Aboriginal communities to become active partners in the care and custody of Aboriginal……