A spiritual adviser with Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ont. says more needs to be done for Indigenous women after they leave prison to ensure they do not return.
Laini Lascelles, an Ojibwe and Lennape woman from the Delaware Nation, has been counselling women at the federal facility for the past two years.“Some women, unfortunately, come back. Some I haven’t heard from, which is great. There’s still a lot of work to do in that area,” Lascelles said. According to the office of the Correctional Investigator, the number of women sentenced to federal institutions has increased by almost 30 per cent over the past decade. In the same time period, the number of Indigenous women in prison has increased by 60 per cent.