Resolution Number: 2012-09-23Review Of Contract For Native Support Services At Montieth Correctional Complex
2012-09-23 EXCERPT:

Mushkegowuk Council 27th Annual Mamowihitowin

Resolution No. 2012-09-23

Attawapiskat First Nation

Kashechewan First Nation

Chief Linda Job

Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Fort Albany First Nation

Samantha Wesley Moose Cree First Nation

Moose Cree First Nation

Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Chapleau Cree First Nation

Missanabie Cree

Certified copy of a resolution passed

First Nation

on September 14, 2012

September 14, 2012

Taykwa Tagamou Nation

Review of Contract for Native Support Services at Monteith Correctional Complex

WHEREAS many of the inmates at the Monteith Correctional Complex are First Nation members, and some are from Mushkegowuk territories; and

WHEREAS native support services are provided to First Nation inmates by contract with a friendship centre; and

WHEREAS concerns have been raised that some staff hired under the contract are not First Nation, do not speak First Nation languages, and are not familiar with traditional and spiritual teachings; and

WHEREAS the present native support services for Aboriginal persons at Monteith usually come to an end when those persons leave the institution, resulting in a complete loss of support, and great hardship, for those individuals, at a time when continued support is very important;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Mushkegowuk Council staff be directed to make inquiries and conduct a review of the contract and make recommendations for native support services at Monteith Correctional

Complex regarding concerns that some staff are not qualified to provide appropriate First Nation services; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this review include consideration of possible ways to continue support when individuals leave the institution.