Commissioner's update for correctional employees: April 2, 2024

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

Our Mission: The Correctional Service of Canada, as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control.

I hope you had a great long weekend! To those in our institutions across the country who were working over the long weekend, thank you for your commitment and dedication to keeping Canadians safe.

March 31 was National Indigenous Languages Day. Indigenous languages embody Indigenous cultures and histories. Languages are deeply personal. I strongly believe that they connect individuals, families and communities across generations, distances, and differences.

They are integral to Indigenous cultures, self-identity, and well-being. Languages carry stories, the memory of those who came before us, and the knowledge we hold for those after us. Languages convey wisdom and traditions from Elders to youth, from one generation to the next. 

Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse

Next Monday, for the first time in over 50 years, parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada will witness a total solar eclipse. This can be awe-inspiring. For a moment, the temperature drops, birds go silent, and the moon completely covers the sun. The total eclipse will happen mid to late afternoon on April 8, depending on your location.

As spectacular as this event might be, I would like to remind you to protect your eyesight. Looking directly at the sun without using unique sunglasses made for viewing an eclipse can lead to serious problems such as partial or complete loss of eyesight. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes.

Other parts of Canada will witness a partial eclipse, which is when the moon only partly covers the sun. To reduce potential risks, some institutions in the path of the total eclipse may modify their routines. If you are driving in the area during the eclipse, please exercise caution as some drivers may be distracted, and roads may be busier than usual.

Faces of CSC

Stacie Bourdon
Stacie Bourdon is a correctional officer at Edmonton Institution in the Prairie Region.
Read more about how Stacie is using animal therapy as a proactive way to support her colleague's mental health

Enhancing Community Success – Staff Questionnaire

CSC’s Research Branch has launched an online questionnaire as part of the Enhancing Community Success project currently being rolled out in Saskatchewan.

This is a collaborative project between CSC and Indigenous Services Canada to improve access to supports and services for released Status First Nations and Inuit federal offenders. An Indigenous Services Resource Coordinator will serve as a single point of contact for CSC employees. They will provide information and referral options for needed community-based resources. As well, they will address obstacles for people attempting to access the identified supports and services. 

The questionnaire will gather information from CSC employees in Saskatchewan who are involved in release and community supervision/reintegration efforts. Employees can fill in information about their recent experiences in identifying, accessing, or referring Status First Nations or Inuit offenders to resources and services.

These employees will have received an invitation via email to participate in the questionnaire, which is open until April 12. After the questionnaire has closed, orientation sessions will be held at each project site in Saskatchewan to introduce employees to the ISC Resource Coordinator.

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience working with Status First Nations and Inuit. Your work makes an important difference. Your input is integral to better understanding and enhancing the continuity of care and transitions to community reintegration.

Our work at CSC is demanding, complex and rewarding. I want to thank you for the hard, meaningful work you do each and every day to achieve our mission.

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.

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