Escape from Willow Cree Healing Lodge

News release

On February 11, 2024, during the 5:00 p.m. count, staff members at Willow Cree Healing Lodge, a minimum-security federal institution, discovered that Ricky Black and Nigel Ferster were not accounted for.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) immediately contacted the Rosthern Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and a warrant for the inmates’ arrest has been issued.

Ricky Black was apprehended by Rosthern RCMP on February 11, 2024 in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.

CSC will continue to work with police to locate Nigel Ferster as quickly as possible.

Nigel Ferster is 28 years old, measures 165 cm (5’5”) in height and weighs 122 kgs (270 lbs) The inmate has a fair complexion, hazel eyes and black hair.

Nigel Ferster is serving a sentence of 2 years and 14 days for break and enter with intent, flight from peace officer and dangerous operation of a conveyance and possession of break in instruments.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Nigel Ferster is asked to contact the police.

CSC will investigate the circumstances of this incident and is working with the police to locate the offender as quickly as possible.

CSC has given the police all of the information available to help arrest the inmate. 


Jeff Campbell

Regional Communications Manager

Regional Headquarters - Prairies

(306) 222-2258

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