Commissioner's update for offenders and their families: June 30, 2023

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

On June 21, Collins Bay Institution hosted a graduation ceremony for the Urban Rez Solutions program: An ounce of Prevention. It offers specific culturally-sensitive programming to ethnocultural offenders. This gives them the tools they need to successfully reintegrate into society. It is about empowering people to make a critical change in their lives.

Congratulations to the 11 inmates who graduated from the program. At the ceremony, the participants talked about the unique environment Urban Rez and its facilitators offered them; one without judgement that allowed them to speak freely. Their message to everyone in attendance was of:

Pride Season, from June to September, is an occasion to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and additional sexually and gender-diverse identity (2SLGBTQI+) Canadians. It is also a good opportunity to show our commitment to:

In May 2022, CSC issued a new Commissioner’s Directive (CD) 100: Gender Diverse Offenders. It explains the responsibilities of employees and decision-makers regarding the:

If you would like to learn more about CD 100: Gender Diverse Offenders, please speak to your case management team.

Thank you for accepting and respecting everyone’s differences. We are all unique and have a lot to learn from each other.

If you respect yourself, you will respect others. ―Lailah Gifty Akita

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