Canada’s justice and corrections systems aren’t responsive to the needs of Aboriginal offenders, but a charity that brings books into prisons is facilitating conversations about the role of pride in Indigenous writers and literacy in fostering change.
Rev. Carol Finlay, founder of Book Clubs for Inmates, will discuss its work in a public presentation Tuesday, October 18, at All Saints’ Anglican Church. Finlay started the first book club for inmates in Collins Bay Institution in 2009. Today, it runs 26 clubs in institutions across Canada.
Her lecture, entitled “Reading and Righting the Tragedy of Aboriginal Women in the Canadian Justice System,” is presented by the UWindsor Women’s and Gender Studies program in celebration of Persons Day.
The event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is by free-will donation to Book Clubs for Inmates. All Saints’ Anglican Church is located at 330 City Hall Square West. Find more information on the event Facebook page.