Commissioner's update for correctional employees: Release of the National Joint Board of Investigation report on Myles Sanderson

This content is a message to Correctional Service Canada (CSC) staff from CSC's Commissioner.

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On September 4, 2022, a terrible tragedy occurred on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon, Saskatchewan, when 11 people were killed and 17 others injured. The depth of this tragedy, and the grief felt by these communities, and many Canadians including our staff, cannot be understated. My heart goes out to them. The individual who committed these crimes was a federal offender on statutory release at the time and died while in RCMP custody.

In September 2022, a National Joint Board of Investigation (BOI) was undertaken with the PBC to fully examine the circumstances of this case. This included the case preparation leading to the statutory release and community supervision as well as the PBC decisions related to Myles Sanderson.

Today, the BOI report and findings were made public. I invite you to read my statement and other information that was posted online. While we have started implementing some of the recommendations, we plan to engage in further discussions with relevant partners, including the James Smith Cree Nation, to finalize our action plan.

The Board of Investigation reviewed a large volume of material and conducted a significant number of interviews to ensure the investigation was completed thoroughly and with integrity. I am thankful for their professionalism and diligence. Work is already underway to implement the four recommendations made to CSC.

Yesterday, the PBC Chairperson and myself met with leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation and individuals from Weldon, in Saskatchewan, to go over the report and answer any questions. I appreciated the positive and productive discussions that took place.

This tragedy was difficult for our colleagues on many levels, especially those in the Prairie Region. You have shown tremendous strength throughout this process, including the Coroner’s inquests, and this is a testament to your professionalism and dedication to the work you do, in service to Canadians. Thank you.

Should you require personal support, I would like to remind you that you can access the external Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Telus Health, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-855-709-2477.

Our priorities of offender rehabilitation and reintegration remains our focus. We will continue to carry out our responsibilities with the highest level of integrity and professionalism as we continue our work to change lives and protect Canadians.

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