Commissioner's update for offenders and their families: June 16, 2023

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

Today, we mark a milestone in Canada’s history as our population is set to reach 40 million. According to Statistics Canada’s population clock, which models Canada’s population changes in real time, we’ll reach this number just before 3:00 p.m.

This milestone offers an important time to reflect on our values and welcome people who define a diverse and inclusive Canada.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is June 21, celebrated on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It is a day to recognize and celebrate the rich heritage and diverse cultures of Indigenous peoples. Each has their own unique:

I encourage you to use the day as an opportunity to learn something new about First Nations, Metis and Inuit who live in Canada.

Research shows that offenders who complete correctional programs are better able to apply the skills they have learned to challenging situations they face. As such, I encourage you to participate in the programs that are specified in your Correctional Plan.

Did you know that the Community Integration Program (CIP) was recently revamped to include more up-to-date information to prepare you for release? The CIP is delivered to offenders in men’s institutions within one year prior to release. It provides valuable information and resources related to community living and employment. To find out more, speak to your Social Program Officer.

Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s important to recognize the valuable role that fathers and fatherly figures play in our lives. I hope you take time to connect with loved ones.

Every morning, we get a chance to be different. A chance to change. A chance to be better.  —  Alan Bonner

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