Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

March 17, 2010 09:00 ET

CSC Celebrates Completion of Aboriginal Housing Demonstration Project

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) - Today, a family from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band will be introduced to their pre-built, ready-to-move house currently situated at Riverbend Institution in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The house is a two storey, 2000 square foot home that has energy efficient and durability improvements incorporated into the build. The house will be moved to the community immediately following a special event this morning to commemorate completion of the house.

This project is the result of a partnership between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) Prairie Region, CORCAN, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Saskatchewan Research Council, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Prince Albert Grand Council, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

This is the first phase in developing a sustainable partnership with the purpose of providing federal offenders with meaningful employment experience and training while assisting Aboriginal communities in addressing their priority of providing adequate housing.

In September 2009 CORCAN staff at the minimum security Riverbend Institution began delivering the Construction Worker Preparation Program for the demonstration house project. Offenders have learned valuable, transferable employment skills which will assist them in today's labour market upon their return to the community. Each participant gained skills and practical experience and are proud of their contribution to assisting a family in need in the Aboriginal community. To date 19 minimum security offenders have worked on the demonstration house project. Some of the 19 offenders have already been released to the community and have been successful in obtaining full-time employment in the construction trades.

This project has provided CSC with an opportunity to further demonstrate and follow through on our priorities and commitments, including, enhancing capacity and involvement of community partners to provide support services to offenders; realizing gains on our commitment to Aboriginal offender employment when released; improved relations through involvement of community partners in the provision of support services to offenders; and providing an increase in offenders meaningfully engaged in their correctional plans.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service Canada
    Cathy Stocki
    A/Regional Communications Manager
    (306) 222-2258 (cellular)