Rates of Indigenous incarceration in Canada have reached crisis levels and yet the situation remains largely unaddressed by the top levels of government. That's why grassroots rehabilitation programs are becoming a critical resource in Indigenous communities.
Despite making up just four per cent of the country’s population as a whole, Indigenous people represent nearly a quarter of the population of the federal prison system.
As the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in jail continues to increase, failure to address the issue is apparent at the highest levels of government.
In this episode of Unpacking the News, Ricochet’s Yasmin Hother Yishay and Métis sociologist Elizabeth Fast discuss the impact of these community-driven initiatives.