Source: (2000) Forum on Corrections Research 12(1): 48-50

Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, located in the Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, is a facility for federally sentenced Aboriginal women. It has been in operation since October 1995. It came into being as a result of Canada’s Federally Sentenced Women’s Task Force report that recommended the development of several women’s regional facilities. The report showed that federally sentenced women are at a significant disadvantage compared to men under a federal sentence. Norma Green, Correctional Service of Canada staff person at the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, describes the development of this healing lodge, its programs, and the use of mediation and conflict resolution circles there.