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Ontario Policy on Aboriginal Spirituality in Correctional Insitutions

This is the official policy of the Government of Ontario on the practice of Aboriginal spirituality in correctional institutions including provincial jails and detention centres. It may be useful to refer to this policy in cases where individuals feel that their rights to practice their spirituality are being infringed.

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Justice Behind the Walls

This website is dedicated to protecting human rights in Canadian prisons. The site contains the full text of Professor Michael Jackson's book "Justice Behind the Walls" as well as additional material and links to relevant articles and cases. It is the most comprehensive site dealing with prisons and prisoners in Canada.



This paper by Correctional Services of Canada indicates that the impact of family disruption (adoption/foster care, etc.) is a more significant factor in explaining the involvement of Aboriginal people with the prison system than for non-Aboriginal people.

The Effect of Family Disruption on Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Inmates

Shelley Trevethan, Sarah Auger & John-Patrick Moore

  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Michael MacDonald
  • Department of Justice Canada
  • Jennifer Sinclair
  • Assembly of First Nations
  • September, 2001

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