CA$7,995.00Donated So Far
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.
October 2022 protest in TorontoUpdate posted by Heather Mason at 03:05 am
Another successful protest! Thank you to everyone who donated to make this protest possible.
Protest updatesUpdate posted by Heather Mason at 03:49 am
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
SignsUpdate 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.
SurveyUpdate 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.
UpdateUpdate 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.
Activism for Women's PrisonsUpdate 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!