The full title of this free one-day symposium is From Crime to Community: Emerging Issues In Crime, Reintegration, and Collaborative Partnerships. It’s being hosted by the Saskatchewan Justice Institute, and is open to the public. Featured will be a lecture by Chief Wilton Littlechild of the Ermineskin First Nation in Alberta, who is currently chairing the Truth & Reconciliation Committee exploring the tragic legacy of Residential Schools in Canada.

With the federal Conservatives hell-bent on championing a tough-on-crime agenda that has already proven to be a hugely costly flop in the United States, and Saskatchewan’s Minister of Corrections Christine Tell holding up her hands and shrugging “There’s nothing we can do” about over-crowding in jails following the recent death of an inmate in Saskatoon, this symposium should offer some valuable food for thought.

For more info on the symposium, which is being held Thursday at the University of Regina Theatre in Riddell Centre, visit the  Saskatchewan Justice Institute website.