Catherine McKay, the woman who killed a family of four in an impaired driving collision, was transferred to a healing lodge about a month into her 10-year sentence.
At the time of the Jan. 3, 2016 crash, McKay had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
Jordan and Chanda Van de Vorst died at the scene of the accident; their two-year-old son, Miguire, and five-year-old daughter, Kamryn, later died in the hospital.
Correctional Service Canada can’t speak to a specific case to confirm that McKay is in a healing lodge, but does say they provide a range of correctional programs to address the needs of offenders.
CSC’s healing lodges for Indigenous offenders are minimum/medium security facilities.
Non-Aboriginal offenders can also live at a healing lodge, but they must follow the programming and spirituality.
CSC says — in all cases — they thoroughly assess an offender’s risk to public safety before moving them into a healing lodge.
There are two women’s healing lodges in Saskatchewan; one near Maple Creek, Sask. and the other in Duck Lake, Sask.
Media reports this week indicate the Van de Vorst family is angry with CSC’s decision to move McKay to a healing lodge, as they believe it doesn’t show any consequences for her actions.
(With files from CJWW)