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FSIN says the Parole Board of Canada has failed to reflect the diversity and needs of Canadian society, especially the First Nation people who are overrepresented in the prison system.
SASKATOON — The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) has issued a scathing statement demanding the resignation of Canada’s parole board members and the appointment of more First Nation people.
The demand comes after the release of Kenneth Mackay, convicted of the 2000 homicide of 21-year-old Crystal Paskemin, in Saskatoon. Mackay was granted parole Jan. 13 and released to a community residential facility on Vancouver Island.
Since that time, as reported by SASKTODAY.ca, he has been taken back into custody after a woman made a complaint to Victoria police about his behaviour toward her.
“The Parole Board of Canada is facing legitimacy and credibility concerns,” states a release issued by the FSIN. “The recent case of releasing killer Kenneth Mackay back into public to re-offend has exposed the flaws and biases of the board’s decision-making process.”