THNQ-FUEL Research Study
Current Outreach and Community Engagement
Learn more about the conditions in women’s federal prisons in Canada. The Office of the Correctional Investigator’s 2017-2018 Annual Report includes a section on Women (section 6).
Learn more about Canada’s prison system. The article “Everything you were never taught about Canada’s prison system” is a great place to start.
Learn more about Grand Valley Institution for Women. This piece from CTV, “Life in Prison: Behind the barbed wire at Grand Valley Institution” includes in-depth reporting and a photo tour of the facilities.
Visit the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies’ website to learn more about issues affecting criminalized girls and women.
Share what you’ve learned with your friends and families!
We can start by changing the way we talk about women in prison. The term “inmate” can be dehumanizing. Consider “people first” language like “women in prison” in future.
Join the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Society’s social media campaign. Use the hashtags #HearMeToo and #EndStripSearching to call for an end to the state sanctioned sexual assault that is strip searching.
Volunteer with the Stride program through Community Justice Initiatives . Volunteers provide criminalized women support both in prisons and as they transition back into the greater community.
Donate to Community Justice Initiatives to ensure their Stride Program continues to offer essential reintegration support to women imprisoned at Grand Valley Institution for Women.
Contact your MP and/or MPP and let them know you’re interested in prison reform. Possible talking points include:
Voicing your support for restorative justice programs
Asking for increased accessibility of Mother Child Programs and Healing Lodges
Denouncing strip searching in women’s prisons as an ineffective and (re)traumatizing practice
Calling on the government to take up the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions calls for action regarding reducing the over representation of Indigenous women in the prison system
Adding your voice to the growing condemnation of solitary confinement
Voicing your support for community-based alternatives to incarceration
Advocating for Guaranteed Liveable Income
Hon. Bardish Chagger
Laura Mae Lindo
Local Members of Parliament
Members of Provincial Parliament