INDG 298 Lecture Notes - Healing Lodge

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What is symbolic healing?
focuses on the social aspects of illness
close relationship between body and mind as well as health and illness
bonding between healer than individual receiving the healing
can be through a shared cultural background or association shared with symbols
What were Waldram's findings?
not necessary the offenders main reason
to learn more about aboriginal culture and history
to sort out identity
need for solidarity with other inmates
confidentiality is important to offenders
challenges: in terms of access to programs
inmates don't like that elders are paid
elders often have had traumatic experiences themselves – inmates may have issues of using
the service of an Elder who has had drug problems
finding someone who wants to work in corrections is often difficult
difficult to retain them
Mann Report
Good Intentions, Disappointing Results: A Process Report on Federal Aboriginal Corrections
executive Summary and introductions
the situation for aboriginal offenders in correctional services is problematic
we are in a crisis
CSC isn't well equipped to deal with all the issues that Aboriginal offenders have
CSC has a unique opportunity to provide tailored programs to address the needs and
profiles of aboriginal offenders .... (page 2 and 4)
over-representation of Aboriginals – predicted the numbers will grow in the offender
population
CSC should develop a holistic approach for dealing with aboriginal offenders
we need to take all of the offender into consideration instead of breaking the
offender down into their parts
we need to examine the bigger picture of the individual and treat the whole person
instead of the individual concerns
body, mind, and spirit being treated, instead of just the body
CSC Commitments and obligations
CCR – correction and conditional release act
came into effect 1982 and replaced the penitentiary and patrol acts
1. institutional and community corrections – matters abstain to the custodial portion
2. conditional release, detention and long term supervision
3. the office of the correctional investigator
most important sections
77-84
includes 81, healing lodge
84, release into aboriginal community
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Focuses on the social aspects of illness. Close relationship between body and mind as well as health and illness. Bonding between healer than individual receiving the healing. Can be through a shared cultural background or association shared with symbols. To learn more about aboriginal culture and history. Challenges: in terms of access to programs. Inmates don"t like that elders are paid. Elders often have had traumatic experiences themselves inmates may have issues of using the service of an elder who has had drug problems. Finding someone who wants to work in corrections is often difficult. 1. fiscal though the budget has increased each year it is only 2% of the annual correctional budget: access to programs risk of re-offence can be reduced through involvement in culturally appropriate services. Impact has been rather limited due to there not being equal access to the programs. Lack of space and staffing shortages makes there be lower amounts of programs.

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