A man whose brother was found guilty of assaulting and raping his siblings believes he and his brother should not be housed at the same prison.
A 53-year-old man from the N.W.T.'s Mackenzie Delta region was found guilty earlier this month of raping two of his sisters and firing a rifle at one of the siblings. The siblings cannot be identified because of a publication ban.
With time already served in pretrial custody, the man has 7½ years remaining in his sentence, which he will serve at North Slave Correctional Centre — where his younger brother is already an inmate.
The younger brother is furious he is being forced to live under the same roof as the man who raped his sisters and terrorized their family for years.
"My biggest wish is to get my hands on him," he said.
"What he did to me and my sisters was horrible, uncalled for. We were kids trying to live our life but he lived our life for us. He ruined our life. He destroyed it. I just want to take back what's ours."
Officials would not comment specifically on the case, but Corrections Canada spokesperson Tim Krause said they try to keep federal offenders close to home.
"We take the approach [that] we try to maintain northern offenders in their northern location," he said.
"The large majority of offenders from the Northwest Territories are maintained in the Northwest Territories."
The younger brother said officials will not tell him if or when his older brother might be leaving.
He said it's a daily struggle to forget his older brother is living in the same building.
"A lot of my anger comes forward because he's here. The only thing that's stopping me is doors."
Abuse could have been prevented, says younger brother
During the trial, the court heard that the offences started while the children were sharing a room in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. Multiple assaults took place during the 1970s and '80s, from the time the man was 12 years old until he was in his late-20s.
An agreed-upon statement of facts referred to three sisters who said they were sexually and physically assaulted, as well as a brother who said he was physically assaulted.
In handing down the sentence, N.W.T. Supreme Court Justice John Vertes said the man "ruined the lives of his siblings by a reign of terror over a length of time."
The man told CBC News the abuse could have been prevented.
He said many people in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., knew what was happening but were too scared to speak out, while others didn't believe the abuse was taking place at all.
"Everybody in the community knew what was going on in our house. People were scared, or paid off by booze or drugs — whatever they needed."
Now, the man said, those attitudes must change.
"How could a kid make up a story like that?" he said.
"We're the ones that fell through the cracks with social services, but give your head a shake -- kids would never make up a story like that … how could a kid ask for abuse or rape? Give that kid five minutes of your time to listen to his story. No need to say he's lying."