The Prince Albert Greater Council (PAGC) is calling for an investigation following the death of a 23-year-old woman who was found unresponsive at the Pine Grove Correctional Center in Prince Albert on Tuesday.
PAGC Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte said the death of Tatiana Custer while in custody is deeply troubling and he is concerned about the lack of communication between correctional services and the family.
“I’m really asking for an investigation because when investigations are done, there are recommendations and those recommendations will help the province and the institution,” Hardlotte said.
He said the family had not received any support or information about the 23-year-old’s death.
“The institution should have a role in providing adequate support to families who lose loved ones,” Hardlotte said.
In a statement to CTV, the Saskatchewan government said the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office will conduct an inquest before a decision is made about the inquest.
The statement also states that the Ministry’s investigative service is also conducting an investigation to assess staff performance and the adequacy of policies and procedures.
Hardlotte said Custer’s family hopes the investigation will prevent similar deaths in the future.
“There is no reason why a family should lose a loved one even though they are supposed to be safe,” Hardlotte said.
Custer leaves behind a 5-year-old child.