Commissioner's update for offenders and their families: October 23, 2023

This content is a message to federal offenders and their families from Correctional Service Canada's (CSC's) Commissioner.

October is Canadian Islamic History Month, which highlights the role that Muslim communities play in Canadian society. Muslims have lived in Canada since 1871 and contributed to every aspect of community life, such as the sciences, technology, humanities, and medicine. Canada is proudly home to 1.7 million Muslims, and Islam is the second largest religion in the country.

In light of the recent conflict in the Middle East, there has been a surge of misguided animosity toward Muslims. Hatred and intolerance are not acceptable at CSC or in our society. Everyone deserves understanding and respect. During Islamic History Month, I urge you to take this opportunity to learn about and celebrate the rich Muslim culture in our country.

CSC is working with Justice Canada and other Public Safety colleagues to develop Canada’s Black Justice Strategy. The Strategy is the federal government’s response to anti-black racism and systemic discrimination that has led to the overrepresentation of Black people in the criminal justice system. It aims to ensure that Black people have access to equal treatment and equal protection before the law in Canada.

The Strategy is being developed in collaboration with an external steering group of Black experts and leaders in consultation with Black communities across Canada. It is expected to be completed early in 2024. This fall, community-based organizations have been holding consultations in communities across the country, including some of our institutions. This will provide opportunities for many of you to be heard. Thank you, in advance, for participating.

Canadian Patient Safety Week is from October 23 to 27. This annual campaign promotes the importance of patient safety and providing quality health services. Patient care is a vital aspect of the responsibilities of health services staff at CSC. Your well-being matters, and this week highlights the importance of safety and compassion in healthcare. Take time to express your thanks to the Health Services staff for the care they provide.

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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