Inefficient systems, ‘serious lack’ of cultural sensitivity for Inuit in Gravenhurst prison, death inquest hears – Parry Sound News

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Inefficient systems, ‘serious lack’ of cultural sensitivity for Inuit in Gravenhurst prison, death inquest hears – Parry Sound News

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 202120 Views

November 24, 2021

Indigenous prison elder Wes Whetung testified on Day 3 of Mark Jeffrey’s death inquest

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) has a lot of work to do to support its Inuit and Indigenous offenders, as revealed in testimony during the third day of the death inquest into former inmate and Inuk man Mark Jeffrey.

Much of the day was devoted to the testimony of Wes Whetung, an Ojibwe, Anishinaabe man from Curve Lake First Nation, an Elder at Beaver Creek. In the absence of Inuit Elders at the prison, Whetung said he was asked in 2013 to step in.

“As an Elder, we focus on spirituality, we focus on culture, we focus on traditions, we focus on healing,” said Whetung, who went on to explain Indigenous communities and the Canadian corrections system have different definitions of the term.

Read More: https://www.parrysound.com/news-story/10526552-inefficient-systems-serious-lack-of-cultural-sensitivity-for-inuit-in-gravenhurst-prison-death-inquest-hears/

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