How have people tried to get the government's attention?
By going public and doing interviews, people are releasing articles in attempts
to educate more people and to raise awareness. So far, these attempts have
led to correctional investigators to take this matter more seriously.
What has the government done?
They have offered rehabilitation programs which consequently reduce peoples
sentencing and reduce their chances of being re-incarcerated.
The programs offered have 3 targets;
specific needs of Indigenous convicts
consideration of Indigenous culture
involvement of Elder’s from the community
The programs are weekly and have relevant and personable material. People
with past traumas ie drinking/drugs. People who have similar offenses
(ie sexual assaulting) so that the content being told to them is more relevant.
Ex if someone sexually assaulted someone the guidance they require would differ
from someone who stabbed someone.
They teach skills for self monitoring, thinking, society, goals, healing, emotional,
reconnection, cognitive behavioural.The categories offered are based on level of
more likely to relapse or repeat the offense (low, medium, high) and for sex
offenders based on likely to relapse (moderate, high).
The government places a mandatory amount of sessions depending on which class
you attend and the ‘level’ of your offense. If you are considered ‘higher risk’ this
would be because it wasn’t an accident, it is likely to happen again, so the judge
will sentence you to more sessions that are also more content filled.
What individuals (Indigenous and allies) are doing to help;
Lead investigator of this matter (federal corrections investigator) is Ivan Zinger
CSC (correctional service of Canada) acknowledged the concern
(of overrepresentation of Indigenous people) and offers healing lodges to
culturally appropriate services for Indigenous inmates
Non-profit organizations that exist to deal with this
issue and how they help