COVID-19 update for offenders and their families: July 29, 2022

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

I want to thank you for continuing to follow the infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19. We are continuing to see a rise in cases in our institutions, as the current variants are highly contagious. By remaining vigilant and taking advantage of the boosters that are available to you, we can protect our own health and all those around us.

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This week, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino visited the Stan Daniels Healing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. He met with our partners at the community residential facility as well as Buffalo Sage Wellness House for Women, which are managed by the Native Counselling Services of Alberta. I am pleased that Minister Mendicino had the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn about the traditional programs and supports available to Indigenous offenders. I want to thank the offenders who participated and shared their personal stories with the Minister.

August 1 is Emancipation Day, which recognizes the date in 1834 when slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. This includes the land that is now Canada, where both Black and Indigenous Peoples were enslaved. Those who fought enslavement were pivotal in shaping our society to be as diverse as it is today. I encourage you to learn about and reflect on this dark part of our country’s history. It is important to educate yourself and be engaged in the ongoing fight against racism and discrimination.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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