Thursday, May 5, 2022
As part of the UNPFII Twenty-First Session, join the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples leadership in a virtual discussion on the Indigenous peoples and the Canadian prison system.
The over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody has reached new and outrageous proportions. Today, Indigenous people make up about 32 per cent of the federal prison population, despite accounting for less than 5 per cent of the total population in Canada. Indigenous women now comprise nearly 50 per cent of the federal inmate population. This upward trend is disturbing and has reached crisis levels. Despite years of commissions, inquires and research to address the issue, policy recommendations for system changes go unnoticed and the situation continues to worsen.
While in custody, Indigenous offenders are more likely to serve time in high security facilities, spend more time in Structural Intervention Units, and have parole suspended or revoked. Indigenous inmates also suffer higher rates of mental health, self-harm, suicide, and other impacts of incarceration. There is a need for immediate action by the Government of Canada to address this crisis. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples leadership and experts will share their knowledge and experience at this important event.
This side event aims to:
• Raise Awareness – To create awareness among Indigenous peoples, member states and organizations of the ongoing crisis of incarceration of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
• Share Knowledge- Provide knowledge and share experiences of the over-representation of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian justice system.
• Talk Action – To discuss recommendations to take action to address the issue of over-representation of Indigenous People in the Canadian justice system.
**Simultaneous interpretation in French & English will be available**