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    Toronto Program Helps Female Indigenous Ex-Inmates Heal and Regain Their Pride

    When Mary Ann Villeneuve left prison in 2011 she had nowhere to turn.She had entered in 2010, imprisoned for a violent crime, and served with 12 indigenous women, including those in the maximum security unit. Living in Toronto during parole, she ached for a sweat lodge ceremony. But Villeneuve, originally from Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario, could not find any culturally tailored assistance to help her transition to the outside.



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