Nelson Small Legs Jr. Foundation

Year Published:  1978  
Pages:  40  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX1019

A foundation set up to help native ex-offenders to integrate into society.

Abstract:  Helping an offender live in society with self-respect is much cheaper than keeping him/her in prison. The foundation named after Nelson Small Legs Jr. seeks to provide programs to assist native offenders live in society. Offenders are less likely to be habitual offenders if they can gain self-respect. Support and care are two means of helping an ex-inmate or former offender gain the needed self-assurance.

Native ex-inmates set up the Nelson Small Legs Jr. Foundation to provide the necessary help for other ex-inmates to deal constructively with their future. The foundation has sought to establish a half-way house in the Toronto area as a spiritual home and centre for communications with native people.

The foundation also deals with natives with alcohol related problems and drug related problems. Some of the people counselled have begun new lives through employment and education.

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