SECU Committee Report
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SECTIONS 79 TO 84.1 OF THE CORRECTIONS AND CONDITIONAL RELEASE ACT - ABORIGINAL OFFENDERS
79 In sections 80 to 84,
aboriginal means Indian, Inuit or Métis; (autochtone)
aboriginal community means a first nation, tribal council, band, community, organization or other group with a predominantly aboriginal leadership; (collectivité autochtone)
correctional services means services or programs for offenders, including their care and custody. (services correctionnels)
80 Without limiting the generality of section 76, the Service shall provide programs designed particularly to address the needs of aboriginal offenders.
81 (1) The Minister, or a person authorized by the Minister, may enter into an agreement with an aboriginal community for the provision of correctional services to aboriginal offenders and for payment by the Minister, or by a person authorized by the Minister, in respect of the provision of those services.
Scope of the agreement
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), an agreement entered into under that subsection may provide for the provision of correctional services to a non-aboriginal offender.
Placement of offender
(3) In accordance with any agreement entered into under subsection (1), the Commissioner may transfer an offender to the care and custody of an aboriginal community, with the consent of the offender and of the aboriginal community.
82 (1) The Service shall establish a National Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and may establish regional and local aboriginal advisory committees, which shall provide advice to the Service on the provision of correctional services to aboriginal offenders.
Committees to consult
(2) For the purpose of carrying out their function under subsection (1), all committees shall consult regularly with aboriginal communities and other appropriate persons with knowledge of aboriginal matters.
Spiritual leaders and elders
83 (1) For greater certainty, aboriginal spirituality and aboriginal spiritual leaders and elders have the same status as other religions and other religious leaders.
(2) The Service shall take all reasonable steps to make available to aboriginal inmates the services of an aboriginal spiritual leader or elder after consultation with
(a) the National Aboriginal Advisory Committee mentioned in section 82; and
(b) the appropriate regional and local aboriginal advisory committees, if such committees have been established pursuant to that section.
Release to aboriginal community
84 If an inmate expresses an interest in being released into an aboriginal community, the Service shall, with the inmate’s consent, give the aboriginal community
(a) adequate notice of the inmate’s parole review or their statutory release date, as the case may be; and
(b) an opportunity to propose a plan for the inmate’s release and integration into that community.
Plans with respect to long-term supervision
84.1 Where an offender who is required to be supervised by a long-term supervision order has expressed an interest in being supervised in an aboriginal community, the Service shall, if the offender consents, give the aboriginal community
(a) adequate notice of the order; and
(b) an opportunity to propose a plan for the offender’s release on supervision, and integration, into the aboriginal community.