POLITICS
04/03/2012 07:56 EDT | Updated 06/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Feds, Saskatchewan back away from funding healing lodge run by aboriginal group

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Two levels of government are backing away from their involvement with a healing lodge run by the Prince Albert Grand Council.

Saskatchewan Public Safety Minister Yogi Huyghebaert (HYOU'-guh-bayr) confirms his office did not renew a contract with the council's Spiritual Healing Lodge on the Wahpeton Dakota First Nation.

The minister wouldn't get into specifics, but cites concerns with security, human resources and offender management.

He says his department informed the council about its concerns last fall, but little progress was made in fixing them.

The healing lodge was created back in 1997 with the Correctional Service of Canada acting as a third-party to the arrangement.

A spokesman with federal department says it, too, has not renewed its contract with the council, but adds a review is underway.

Huyghebaert says the government will look at any future proposals by the council, but for now, provincial inmates will stay in different institutions.

No one from the council was available for comment.

(MBC)