Source: (1998) Aboriginal Peoples Collection. Aboriginal Corrections Unit. Ottawa: Solicitor General Canada.

This document consists of a report on a focus group held in June 1997 to discuss issues related to the provision of urban Aboriginal corrections services in Canada. The focus group included representatives of urban Aboriginal service agencies from several cities, and representatives from the Correctional Service Canada and the Department of the Solicitor General Canada’s Aboriginal Corrections Policy Unit. A number of issues were discussed by the group: the changing profile and needs of urban Aboriginal offenders; necessary program elements for urban Aboriginal corrections services; and innovative strategies for justice delivery in urban areas (e.g., sentencing circles, justice councils, and restitution programs.) The document also contains an overview of literature on urban Aboriginal offenders, and on the Canadian experience with innovation in urban Aboriginal justice.

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