Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Prison Using Canadian Aboriginal Culture

The Ni-Miikana Healing Unit at Stony Mountain Institution, a Canadian prison in the province of Manitoba, is so popular that two-dozen inmates from other units are waiting to get in. Now other Canadian prisons are copying one of Stony Mountain's success stories which is a prison range focused on Canadian aboriginal culture and spirituality. The 78 Ni-Miikana inmates, both Canadian aboriginal and non-aboriginal, live on Ni-Miikana which means "My road" in the Canadian aboriginal Ojibway language. The unit employs four Canadian aboriginal elders who work with the inmates. The inmates learn things like how to make star blankets and teepees, painting, and drumming. Ni-Miikana has the lowest rate of substance abuse, very few incidents and almost no gang activity among all Canadian prison programs. It also has the highest rate of inmates moving into lower security prisons and receiving conditional releases.

For more interesting information, see Canadian Aboriginal Culture Articles.

Also, for wonderful artwork, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.

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