Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

March 11, 2005 12:13 ET

Correctional Service of Canada Hosts Conference on Ethnocultural Issues



MARCH 11, 2005 - 12:13 ET

Correctional Service of Canada Hosts Conference on
Ethnocultural Issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - The Correctional
Service of Canada (CSC) kicked off its conference today entitled
"Building Bridges with Ethnocultural Communities". The conference,
which is financed in part by Canadian Heritage, brings together various
ethnocultural communities and agencies as well as CSC representatives to
foster partnerships and strengthen the involvement of communities in the
social reintegration of offenders.

"The community is an essential partner in the successful reintegration
of offenders," said Lucie McClung, Commissioner of the CSC. "It is
crucial that communities get involved in the correctional process, it
increases the likelihood that offenders stay focused on doing the right
things to turn their lives around and thereby contribute to the safety
of our communities."

Canadian society as a whole is growing more and more diverse. This
represents a major challenge for CSC. The Service works diligently with
community groups and agencies to raise awareness about cultural
differences among staff and offenders as well as to provide meaningful
links for offenders to their community. Representatives from
ethnocultural communities also play an advisory role in the correctional

"The Advisory Committee welcomes the opportunity to work with the CSC to
bridge the gap between correctional staff, inmates and ethnocultural
communities," stated Marge Nainaar, Acting Chair of the National
Ethnocultural Advisory Committee. "Together, we aim to replace
prejudices concerning incarceration with a supportive environment and
safe return of offenders to their communities."

The conference is taking place at the Best Western Primrose Hotel from
March 11 to 13, 2005 and is open to media. Over 30 countries of origin
are represented at this conference.


Contact Information

    Correctional Service of Canada
    Denis Barbe
    Acting Director, Reintegration Programs
    Correctional Operations and Programs
    (613) 996-8746
    (613) 220-2946 (Cell)
    National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee
    Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
    Marge Nainaar, Acting Chair
    (306) 922-0405
    (306) 960-2266 (Cell)