Canadian Women’s Prisons

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Hi everyone,

My name is Heather Mason, and I am a former federal prisoner who was incarcerated at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario.

In 2017, Bill C-16 was passed, and the Correctional Service of Canada implemented a transfer policy based on self-identification. Males who identify as women but who have not had surgery or on hormones can apply for a transfer to a women's prison. This policy is one-sided as females who identify as men are denied transfer due to overriding health and safety concerns.

There have been sexual assaults, physical assaults, harassment, and other issues that have resulted from this policy.

No one is willing to discuss this issue or investigate the policies and practices of allowing transfers from men's prisons to women's prisons or the impacts on the lived realities of incarcerated females.

I am starting this fundraiser to help pay for the cost of the activism needed to get the attention of the people who are supposed to be helping us, criminalized women. The money will go towards stickers, flyers, banners, protests, and travel expenses. I am also offering the women honorariums for filling out a survey about their experiences while incarcerated with males who identify as women.

For more information on the situation in women's prisons, you can read the brief I submitted to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security at the link below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b3UwWP8aDCFXM6988...

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 24, 2023
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  • Nicole Beaudoin
  • Donated on Nov 20, 2023
  • Heather is proof positive of how one has the ability to change for the better when God shows the way to help others. Thank you for all you do.

CA$100.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Nov 11, 2023
  • Thank you, Heather, for all your work. It is just sickening what is happening to women in Canada's prisons.

CA$25.00
Jun 10

October 2022 protest in Toronto

Update posted by Heather Mason at 03:05 am
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Another successful protest! Thank you to everyone who donated to make this protest possible.

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Mar 22

Protest updates

Update posted by Heather Mason at 03:49 am
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Hello everyone,Sorry, I haven't updated in a while. On October 30, 2021, we had our Capital Costume Party on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It was so much fun dressing up. We stopped for pictures outside the courthouse and at the famous five statues. On March 6, 2022, we had our

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Sep 03

Signs

Update posted by Heather Mason at 08:13 pm

I just paid $1500.00 for signs. Signs for Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Sask and Alberta. BC has signs from our last protest in Abbotsford.

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Aug 09

Survey

Update posted by Heather Mason at 09:28 pm

I have paid out 62 honorarium's for my survey, which equals CAD 2,480.00. Summary of results will be released. A survey to understand how federally sentenced women in prisons and halfway houses feel about being incarcerated with biological male prisoners.

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Jun 27

Update

Update posted by Heather Mason at 04:31 pm

Our third protest yesterday at Grand Valley in Ontario was a success. Money was used for transportation costs. We are planning another protest for the end of the summer in British Columbia. Money will be going towards signs, banners, speakers etc. Thank you, everyone, for donating.

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Jun 06

Activism for Women's Prisons

Update posted by Heather Mason at 07:32 pm

We have given out 41 honorariums to women with lived experience, 3000 stickers were ordered, and more signs for the next protest. Thank you to everyone who has donated. We couldn't have done this without your generosity!

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158 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 24, 2023
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  • Nicole Beaudoin
  • Donated on Nov 20, 2023
  • Heather is proof positive of how one has the ability to change for the better when God shows the way to help others. Thank you for all you do.

CA$100.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Nov 11, 2023
  • Thank you, Heather, for all your work. It is just sickening what is happening to women in Canada's prisons.

CA$25.00
  • Richard Soderstrom
  • Donated on Oct 18, 2023
  • I would like move information about the effects of allowing Men in Women's prisons. Are there any studies on this subject?

CA$25.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 22, 2023
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 18, 2023
  • Thank-you for your hard work on this fundamental women's liberation issue Heather!

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 11, 2023
  • I only just saw your post today.

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  • Marie Savoie
  • Donated on Sep 10, 2023
  • Thank you so much, all you brave and compassionate women.

CA$60.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Aug 24, 2023
  • You are my hero

CA$100.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Jul 06, 2023
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