Any program that deals with an indigenous offender right now, if it was breaking barriers or cognitive skills, it's just with that inmate, that convict. Plus, you're the ones in the program. I think if you want to change the individual, then you're going to need the community. The community raises individuals. In our community, that's the way it's done. I think any time you bring in native elders, the indigenous people listen, whether they're male or female. If you involve their families, their mothers, their fathers, their brothers and sisters, you'll create a family unit that operates on the same level. If they've all taken breaking barriers together, the mother and the father, the brother and sister, and the children know what that means, so every step of the way that individual has a support system already in place for them out there that knows what they've been through, what they're expected to do, what they've learned, and has the tools to deal with that individual just as that individual does, so the inmate has the tools and his family has the tools as well.
Evidence of meeting #86 for Public Safety and National Security in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was community.
A recording is available from Parliament.