Lillian Eva Dyck: My question
is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. It is a
supplementary to the question that Senator Milne posed
yesterday with regard to Correctional Service Canada. She
was asking about rehabilitation programs and whether there
have been increases in funding.
Will there be any increase in funding with respect to
programs directed toward literacy and employment training
within federal prisons?
I am interested, in particular, in
Aboriginal offenders because, according to the Correctional
Service of Canada, only 2 per cent of the adult population
is Aboriginal; however, in federal prisons across Canada, 17
per cent is Aboriginal, and the situation is magnified
When the leader speaks to the minister
and reviews the funding, would she please look specifically
at funding for Aboriginal prisoners with respect to literacy
programming and employment skills?
Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of
the Government and Secretary of State (Seniors)):
I thank the senator for the question. There have been
increased monies allocated to the Correctional Service of
Canada. I will obtain a breakdown as to how the monies that
have been directed, particularly in connection with
rehabilitation and education and preparing incarcerated
individuals for their return to society. I am happy to
provide that information.
As honourable senators know, there has
been a great effort on the part of the Minister of Indian
Affairs and Northern Development to put significant funds
into education for our Aboriginal peoples, particularly in
the North and the areas in which they live. With the labour
shortages in the country and the ability and the skills and
availability of Aboriginal people in some of these
communities, it only makes sense that we should be
increasing our efforts in their education and training.
Hopefully we can develop a situation whereby they will not
be in the position of the group of which the honourable
For those who are incarcerated, I will
specifically ask the Minister of Public Safety what programs
are in place in relation to Aboriginal inmates.