“Life on the Instalment Plan”–Walrus article about Canadian women’s prisons

“Life on the Instalment Plan” describes some of the failings of Corrections Canada and particular policies, and the mistreatment of prisoners like Renee Acoby. It also provides a good background on the establishment of regional prisons like EIFW and what goes on inside. The full article is here.


Prison Yoga Project

I stumbled across this website some time ago and wanted to share it with the rest of you: http://prisonyoga.com/ I found it about the same time I started taking classes with a yoga instructor by the name of Judy Murphy. She’s had some involvement with prison yoga and has been very active in the field of adult education. She’s currently doing karma yoga (community yoga at no charge) in Northeast Edmonton. I’ve also been aware of workshops she’s facilitated through her organization, Windsound Learning, where she marries body work, adult learning and creative expression with adult learners. I’m going to connect with her this week to talk more about the work going on at EIFW.

Next general committee meeting: Thursday, February 25 2010

The next general meeting of the GELA Prison Library and Reintegration committee will be held: Thursday, February 25th at 5:30 pm at Henderson Hall at the University of Alberta.

For those of you unfamiliar with Henderson Hall  – you can access it from the Rutherford South Atrium entrance at the University of Alberta. There is some street metered parking as well as surface lots (rates drop after 4:30 pm)

Agenda items include:

  • reports from subcommittees:
  1. bookclub,
  2. storybook,
  3. CLA presentation,
  4. bookdrive (wish list etc)
  • technological literacy for the women
  • fundraising ideas

You can read the minutes from the December 2009 meeting here.

See you next week!


GELA Women’s Prison Library and Reintegration Committee: Inmate’s February Wish List

This is the February request list from inmates for book donations for the EIFW library. If you have any of the books on the list (or any questions or comments)  email  kwurmann@ualberta.ca or tanyadriechel@legalresourcecentre.ca to coordinate a drop off.

Anne of Green Gables (series)– Lucy Maud Montgomery
Children of the Lamp(series) – P.B. Kerr.
Just Another Indian – Warren Goulding
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
A Painted House – John Grisham
Pyrates (series) – Chris Archer
Shattered Silence – Melissa G. Moore
Twilight Series (especially Breaking Dawn)  – Stephanie Meyer
Type Talk – Janet M. Thuesen and Otto Kroeger
Under the Dome – Stephen King

Anything about (topic)
Aboriginal poetry
Atlas (large world atlas)
Book of quotations
Books on CD (fiction/nonfiction)
Calming/Inspirational books (with serene pictures
Craft Books – Knitting, quilting, crochet
Crossword puzzle books
Hobby/ Craft Magazines
Language Instruction (Any languages, esp. Italian and Arabic)
Poetry anthologies
Traditional Aboriginal Medicine
Vietnamese fiction and nonfiction

Ellen Hawkin
S.E Hinton
Alexander Pushkin

Current High School- Chemistry, Physics, Biology text books

Donations of books and supplies

Greenwoods has generously donated 25 children’s books for our Storybook Project. Among these are hard cover picture books, board books, and classics–a really great selection. Thank you Greenwoods!

We also received donations of book card pockets in response to a request made on Jerome-L. Thank you to all of our Alberta colleagues for coming through! The card pockets were dropped off to Cathee along with spine labels and label protectors last week.