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GN promotes corrections caseworkers diploma program for Inuit

Inuit with an interest in working as corrections caseworkers are invited to apply for a two-year justice services diploma program endorsed by the Department of Justice.

Corrections in Nunavut is responsible for adult and youth institutional services, probation, and aftercare. It includes a range of services including custodial care, health care, mental health and rehabilitative services, and support for community reintegration, states the Department of Justice. NNSL file photo

Starting in May, a total of 24 online courses will be offered through Algonquin College in Ottawa. That will be followed by on-the-job training in one of Nunavut’s correctional facilities. A maximum of 10 students will be accepted. Applicants must be high school graduates or 19 years of age or older.

"It is important to us to ensure we are recruiting and training individuals who understand that the delivery of justice services is to be approached from a vision of healing and rehabilitation, as opposed to punishment," said Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak. "We want to ensure that the future of our system includes individuals who believe in Inuit societal values as the basis of our justice system."

Those wanting to pursue the program can contact the Department of Justice for more information.

“Correctional populations in Nunavut consist largely of individuals that have experienced various forms of trauma,” reads a background document provided by the justice department. “The Corrections Division identified the need to address these issues through training programs supporting clients’ successful transition from custody, into their communities.  Training programs are designed to be both culturally sensitive and well-evaluated, helping correctional staff be more consistent, effective, and satisfied in their roles.”


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