Indigenous people only account for approximately five per cent of the Canadian population, but over 30 per cent of Canadian Federal prisoners are Indigenous. The numbers are even more concerning for the female community, at an alarming 42 per cent.
The correctional system seems unresponsive to the needs, histories and social realities behind high rates of Indigenous offending.Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator
No government party has managed to reverse the tendency of Indigenous depiction in jails.
The Correctional Service of Canada tries to impact the time Indigenous offenders spend during their sentence. The service continues utilizing culturally active programs, ensuring a successful return to society.