Aboriginal Corrections Programs

Many people in the federal and provincial corrections systems are Aboriginal. To address this, federal and provincial corrections agencies work with Aboriginal people, governments and organizations to develop facilities, services and programs that respond to Aboriginal offenders’ needs.

They include:

  • Developing plans for residential facilities that both meet Aboriginal people’s cultural needs and protect society
  • Using holistic and restorative justice approaches, based on traditional Aboriginal justice concepts and practices.

B.C. Corrections provides programs to support and enhance relationships with Aboriginal people and their communities.  There are dedicated correctional staff who are assigned to:

  • Increase staff’s knowledge and sensitivity of Aboriginal people’s experience with the criminal justice system
  • Develop plans for residential facilities that meet cultural needs and protect society
  • Deliver Aboriginal programming in the community and provincial correctional centres
  • Support community initiatives for Aboriginal people

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Aboriginal Initiatives Branch, also has programs to assist with the needs of Aboriginal people and help ensure safe and healthy Aboriginal communities. To learn more, please visit the CSC website.