Manitoba Multifaith Council

Manitoba Multifaith Council is an association of faith communities, representatives of faith communities, and individuals from various faith traditions throughout Manitoba. For more information see our annual report.
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Corrections Committee - Recent Achievements

MIC Corrections Committee was responsible for the creation of chaplain positions in Corrections. They are now firmly in place. In recent years the committee has begun to look at the Correctional System itself.

The likelihood that a prisoner re-offends is high. 2 initiatives sought to help released prisoners.

  1. We appealed for volunteers to support existing organisations that were seeking to help released prisoners. We met with 5 such organisations, defined their volunteer needs, and then created a brochure that outlined volunteer opportunities. The brochure was distributed and spoken to at faith communities. We attracted 10 possible volunteers who were put in contact with the relevant organisation. We would have liked more, but realistically had not expected bigger numbers. We need to repeat this project.
  2. We created a 24/7 phone number which a released prisoner can ring for help. The phone is based at the United Church halfway house on Macmillan St. Each released prisoner is given a plastic wallet (provided by Manitoba Public Insurance) containing a card listing the phone number (printed and paid for by Corrections Manitoba) plus a listing of helpful phone numbers and addresses. The project is in the early days, and so far we are averaging 1 phone call/month.

We have been successful in making a small improvement for visitors to Headingley, where now 2 visitors can speak together with an inmate.

We strongly supported the Coordinator as he successfully sought a ½ time position for a Moslem chaplain – the first non-Christian chaplain.

Manitoba Interfaith Council had already played a strong role in successfully advocating the need for Traditional Aboriginal Elders. In recent years we have advocated for Aboriginal Christian Chaplains, but to date have been unsuccessful.