‘I just flipped out … sooner or later someone [else is] gonna flip out too,’ says Steven Akittirq
By Pauline Pemik, Walter Strong, CBC News, October 5, 2017
“My name is Steven Akittirq and I’ve been incarcerated since June 2014.”
On Monday, Steven Akittirq, 27, pleaded guilty in an Iqaluit courtroom to second-degree murder in the June 9, 2014, death of Glenna Attagutalukutuk, a teenage girl in Igloolik, Nunavut. A four-day sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held in the community starting on Jan. 30. Read the rest of this entry
Ministers of justice and public safety say the government is not turning a ‘blind eye’ to the issue
By Alison Crawford, CBC News, September 15, 2017
There are more Indigenous offenders in Canada’s prisons and they serve more time before being released on parole than other prisoners, according to fresh statistics from the federal Department of Public Safety. Read the rest of this entry
Thomson Reuters, July 27, 2016
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention after the airing of video showing prison guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a half-naked, hooded-boy to a chair.
Footage of the abuse of six Aboriginal boys in a juvenile detention centre sparked renewed criticism of Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people, or Aborigines, and their high imprisonment rate. Read the rest of this entry
Howard Sapers, Canada’s correctional investigator, says efforts to curb high numbers not working
CBC News, Jan 14, 2016
For the first time, more than a quarter of inmates in Canadian prisons are aboriginal people.
“The most current figure we have is quite shocking,” said Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers, the country’s prison ombudsman.
“In federal corrections, 25.4 per cent of the incarcerated population are now of aboriginal ancestry.” Read the rest of this entry
By Kate Kyle, CBC News, June 25, 2015
Aboriginal prisoners are overrepresented in Canada’s federal prisons and waiting longer for parole, according to new numbers from the Public Safety Ministry, which is responsible for corrections.
Federal offenders are first eligible for parole after serving one-third of their sentences, but their release isn’t guaranteed. Read the rest of this entry
Aghelh Nebun Camp incorporates traditional First Nation cultural practices
By Daybreak North, CBC News, June 25, 2015
A wilderness camp east of Prince George, B.C., is offering incarcerated men on conditional release a way to connect with their spiritual, cultural and emotional side as they serve out their sentences.
Aghelh Nebun Camp allows up to 19 men to live there under supervision of Correctional Service Canada. The program incorporates traditional First Nation culture, and allows residents to take part in talking circles and drum groups as well as everyday work and recreational activities. Read the rest of this entry
Extra security needed for those with gang affiliations, behavioural problems, province says
CBC News, June 23, 2015
Two former prisoners of the Regina Correctional Centre say they were confined to their cell 21 hours a day for months and even years, with very little rehabilitation, before their cases went to trial.
One of the ex-prisoners is Forrest Pelletier, whom Radio-Canada recently spoke with as he played with his five children at a park.
While waiting for his trial at the Regina jail earlier this year, Pelletier was confined 21 hours a day to his cell — a space the size of a closet. Read the rest of this entry