Partnership Between CSC and Mohawk Community Providing Offenders with Marketable Employment Skills
Making a difference in Ontario communities
Deseronto, Ontario – Dec. 16, 2011 – Today, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced a new partnership with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) in Ontario to build a modular home for residents of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
“The Correctional Service of Canada is continuing to take action to provide employment and employability skills training to offenders, while at the same time providing affordable housing to residents of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in the Bay of Quinte,” said CSC Commissioner Don Head. “Creating partnerships with communities such as the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte is critical in order to support local housing initiatives and enhance the programs for rehabilitation we offer to offenders.”The modular housing unit will be designed and constructed by offenders in the CORCAN employment program at Frontenac Institution in Kingston, Ontario, with materials provided by MBQ. The 1,200 square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow will be then transported to the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory for a family in need. It is anticipated that the housing unit will be delivered by this spring.
“The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are pleased to partner with the Correctional Service of Canada to build a modular home on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory,” said Chief Donald Maracle. “The construction of a modular home will provide inmates with carpentry and trade skills development and will result in cost savings to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.”
CORCAN is a Special Operating Agency within CSC that provides programs and services to address the needs of offenders at 31 federal correctional institutions across Canada. It provides offenders with the employment experience and skills they need to become productive, law-abiding citizens upon return to the community.
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