About the Collective

The P4W Memorial Collective is a group of women ex-prisoners from P4W, Indigenous activists, and prison abolitionists who are working towards obtaining a permanent memorial garden on the grounds of the Prison for Women (P4W). Our objective is to ensure that the lives lost in P4W do not remain invisible and that these histories of violence alongside mutual care and love are not forgotten. We believe that we can honour the lives lived and lost in P4W by raising public consciousness about injustices that continue to be faced by BIPOC and yt women, girls, genderqueer, non-binary and two-spirit folks in Canadian jails and penitentiaries, and the conditions that lead to their detention in rising numbers. Our group holds events each year on Prisoners’ Justice Day for Indigenous healing and community learning, moving us closer to planting a memorial garden and the seeds of transformative justice.