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Howard Sapers says issues facing aboriginal inmates are urgent enough that they require stand-alone leadership within the Correctional Service of Canada.
A 2013 Supreme Court ruling found the government acted unconstitutionally when it cancelled a mother-baby program at the correctional centre in 2008.
I find it shocking that close to one in four inmates in the federal correctional system is an Aboriginal person. Yet Aboriginal people make up only four percent of our population. They are ten times more likely than anyone else to end up in jail. And that number is climbing. What does this say about our country? I appreciate the complexity of these issues, and the challenges of dealing with them. But denying the facts doesn't make them disappear. This is not the Canada I grew up in. The Canada I know and love. The Canada the world admires.
Canada's prison watchdog is calling on Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to intervene after receiving an "insufficient" and "dismissive" response to his special report on the spike in numbers of aborig...