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Recognizing Carole Eldridge and her unique approach to restorative justice

For 14 years, Carole Eldridge has worked with the Restorative Opportunities (RO) program at the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), providing her clients with compassionate care as a restorative justice practitioner and mediator in cases of serious crime. She has walked the path with both victims and offenders on their journey towards dialogue and meaningful accountability. We recently sat down with Carole following her retirement to discuss the RO program and her exceptional work.
The unfinished Sedna he was carving that he donated to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada in honour of women as part of his healing journey.

Offender gifts Sedna carving to Inuit women’s organization

Sedna is goddess of the sea and an important powerful woman figure in Inuit culture. That is why an Inuk offender chose to carve Sedna and anonymously donate her to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.
Educating students on the "Inside" and the "Outside" together

Stony Mountain Institution: Co-Operative Learning Leads to Sense of Community

On January 20, 2022, Tam Le, a minimum security offender at Stony Mountain Institution, participated in a virtual Walls to Bridges symposium. Tam was not just an observer of the Zoom symposium, though. He was one of the presenters who discussed a study he had coauthored with university professor Dr. Judith Harris.
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The value of volunteers within the Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has over 4,000 volunteers who work directly with offenders to support their rehabilitation and reintegration. Volunteering with CSC has deep historical roots going back to the late 1800s. Volunteers in correctional settings can offer an emotional and humanistic interaction that complement interactions with staff. They connect offenders to the outside world and model pro-social behaviour.
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“A worthwhile sacrifice”: Maxime-Kalifa Sanou tells his story

As we celebrate Black History Month, Let’s Talk Express wanted to check in with Maxime-Kalifa Sanou, four years after the story on his athletic achievements and his exemplary discipline was published.
Heather stands in front of a mural painted by an Inuit artist and former resident of Parrtown Community Correctional Centre.

Heather Finn: Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award 2020–2021 Recipient

If Heather Finn would have only one tip to give staff working with ethnocultural offenders, it would be to listen.
Boyd Kelly, Indigenous Community Liaison Officer and Danny Pottle, Cultural Support Worker, making their first bike donation to the First Light Native Friendship Center.

St. John’s Indigenous Bike Program: collaboration, rehabilitation and giving back to the community

The Atlantic Region Indigenous Initiatives team, CORCAN, the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) and community partners have come together to develop a bike repair and restoration program that will help support and uplift marginalized individuals in St. John’s, Newfoundland (NL).
Citizen Advisory Committees, CAC. Metro Vancouver West Community Corrections CAC. Correctional Service Canada.

The power of collaboration: CAC provides learning opportunities to a wide-range of community partners

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) benefits from nearly 4000 volunteers, which includes 300 dedicated members of CSC's Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs). CSC is required by legislation to have a CACs at every institution and parole office across the country, who are the “eyes and ears” of their communities. This partnership provides CSC an opportunity to raise community awareness of our mandate as well as build trust and accountability with the public we serve.
Family Forever by the first place art winner

Pacific Institution recognizes the impact of residential schools through art

This past summer, Canadians were saddened when hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children were discovered at residential schools in western Canada. By September 30, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, hundreds more had been identified on the grounds of former residential schools in various other regions across Canada. People across the country, including inmates at Pacific Institution, wanted to highlight the importance of honouring the Survivors and recognizing the impact of the residential school system on Indigenous communities and individuals.
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Transition from the military to CSC: challenging but worthwhile

Shortly after Anne Marie Joyce first started at Correctional Service Canada (CSC) in 2000, she sent around an email that she later realized offended almost every person who received it. She didn’t understand what had upset them until it was pointed out that her military-style directness was not how people communicate in the public service.
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Beading orange shirts teaches cultural art and inspires healing

On August 27, a dreamcatcher with a tiny orange beaded shirt in its center was placed at the Kamloops Indian Residential School monument. A note below the dreamcatcher said: ‘Made in honour of the residential schoolchildren who never returned home, by the Pathways Indigenous brothers at CSC Joyceville Minimum Institution.’
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Celebrating 20 years of collaboration with many of Canada’s diverse communities

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is proud to work with thousands of members of the public in various capacities across our organization. They help (CSC) fulfill its mandate by bringing a community perspective to our work and contributing to the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.