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Re-integration Research

Although this program is no longer receiving funding, our priority still remains to support and assist Métis people through prevention and intervention services.  We cannot ignore the fact that a high number of our people continue to be involved within both federal and provincial correctional facilities.  To assist us in determining the supports needed by inmates to successfully re-integrate into their communities and families, MFCJS initiated a research partnership with Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) whereby a MFCJS research team met one-on-one to conduct interviews with Métis inmates within federal correction facilities within the province.

This project was structured in three phases with the end result being a (5) year strategic plan, which will guide both MFCJS and CSC in the development of effective strategies to positively impact re-integration rates.

Phase I - This project examined the needs of Métis offenders inside of federal correctional facilities in Saskatchewan.  The project involved interviews with Métis offenders and family members, as well as with parole officers and other institutional staff in Saskatchewan federal institutions.  This information should help CSC and Métis organizations to better understand how to implement Section 81 and 84 of the CCRA for Métis offenders.  The Correctional Service of Canada funded this project.  See Program & Service Needs of Federally Incarcerated Métis Offenders in Saskatchewan for a copy of the report.

Phase II - The purpose of this research project was to compile information to be used in the development of the five-year strategic plan in regards to Community Justice and Corrections for Métis Family and Community Justice Services Inc. This phase involved visiting the Métis communities of Beauval, Fort Qu’Appelle and Saskatoon as identified by the Métis inmates and by MFCJS.  Activities included conducting community needs assessments and consultations, identifying community needs, gaps, priorities and potential partnerships. The Solicitor General, Aboriginal Corrections Policy Unit funded this phase.

Phase III – In this phase, a five-year strategic plan will be developed to guide discussions with Métis stakeholders for the delivery of community-based justice and corrections programs and family services.  Although the phases focused on the reintegration, it was determined by MFCJS that this strategic plan would be more global to include all services for all Métis People. 

The purpose of these projects/phases is to facilitate the development of Section 81 and 84 for Métis inmates being released from federal institutions as well as development of a five-year strategic plan for community-based justice and corrections programs and family services.

Current Status

The five-year strategic plan is developed into yearly workplans for board approval to be shared with MFCJS funding agencies. A proposal was submitted to work with reintegration of offenders.