Commissioner's update for offenders and their families:
February 19, 2024

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

February 15 was National Flag Day. This day is a reminder of the significance behind our nation’s flag. It also represents the anniversary of the day our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised on Parliament Hill in 1965. Our national flag is a symbol that unites us. Our flag flies at all our institutions, and at all government buildings and in communities across the country. Let us not forget that Canada has a rich diversity that we can all be proud of.

Starting today and over the next several months, I want to highlight stakeholders we partner with to provide services that help with your rehabilitation. I will do this in a new section of my message called “Community Corner.” For this message in advance of Family Day across much of the country, I’m highlighting the Canadian Families and Corrections Network.

Building positive connections can help you succeed when you return to the community. If you are interested in learning more about how a committee member can help you, please ask someone from your case management team.

We are now going into the third week of Black History Month. I would like to remind you that this year’s theme is “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build.”

CSC has ethnocultural advisory committee members in place to help improve the services and supports that reflect the diversity in our institutions. They can suggest community supports that may help you during your incarceration and release.

Community Corner

The Canadian Families and Corrections (CFCN) Network offers ways to stay connected with your loved ones. Ask CSC staff to learn more. Your family can also contact the CFCN to request resources to strengthen family bonds during your incarceration.

I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on what it means to be more inclusive and what actions you can take, every day, to make a positive difference around you.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr

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