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2 june, 2011

Art in Prison

Presentation of the Agir par l'imaginaire project from a variety of perspectives and its contextualization relative to other art initiatives developed in Canadian detention institutions.


Véro Leduc
Senior graduate student (School of Social Work - UQÀM), her research focuses on the experience of Agir par l'imaginaire. Through eight interviews with participants she explores the link between community art and social recognition.

Amélie Girard
Amélie Girard works at Engrenage Noir / LEVIER since 2010 as coordinator for the ART•CULTURE Working Committee of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network, as well as other Network projects.

Sylvie Verville
Currently incarcerated at Joliette Institution, Sylvie Verville created "Blessée", a photographic work made for the AGIR exhibition while she was at Maison Tanguay.

Meena Murugesan
Interdisciplinary artist Meena Murugesan was a collaborator on "Nous sommes votre miroir", created at Joliette Institution, and « Caged Songs » created at Maison Tanguay.

Lynda Champagne
She teaches philosophy at Collège Maisonneuve and lectures about democracy, participation and citizen engagement. She is a facilitator for the Rendez-vous stratégiques hosted by the Institut du Nouveau (INM).

Nicodème Camarda
He is an ex-convict of Bordeaux prison and a Souverain anonyme. He is a writer of tales and poems. Most of his work takes the form of video-poetry: a mix of images, music and words.



9 june, 2011

The condition of incarcerated women and their transition into the community

Presenting the myths and realities of incarcerated people and promoting public awareness of the challenges associated with social reintegration faced by women who have been in conflict with the law.


Ruth Gagnon
Trained criminologist and general director of the Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec, Ruth Gagnon has worked with criminalized women for over 20 years.

Patrick Altimas
Is the director of the Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec, which is devoted to the promotion of community action in the field of
criminal justice.

Julie Chantale St-Jean
Recently released from a federal sentence, Julie Chantale is one of the creative collaborators of the video installation "Nous sommes votre miroir". She continues to work with community-based art projects, including her involvement as a member of the director commitee of Art Entr'Elles, an art collective of women who have had conflicts with the law.

Originally from Winnipeg, Sheri is an Native woman who spent 17 years in several federal detention facilities, including 4 years in solitary confinement. She is currently on parole in a study / work program.

Felice Yuen
She is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University. Her research has examined the impact of Aboriginal ceremonies on the healing of Aboriginal women in federal prison.

Joane Martel
(roundtable facilitator)
Johanne Martel is a criminology professor at the École de service social of Université Laval. Her research deals with the sociology of criminal law, gender and identity issues, and time and space as it relates to
prison life.


16 june, 2011

The role of prisons and possible alternatives

Aiming to explore new perspectives about our society's reliance on incarceration while stressing the importance of critical reflection about possible alternatives to imprisonment.


Marion Vacheret
Marion Vacheret is associate professor at Université de Montréal School of Criminology. She is interested in the failure of the prison model of the past 30 years, which is based on risk management of
criminalized persons.

Kim Pate
Kim Pate is general director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. She has been a strong advocate for social justice for 25 years.

Justin Piché
Justin Piché is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Carleton University. His research eevolves around the current cost of incarceration versus that of possible alternatives.

Anonymous Guest
Having served a long sentence, one anonymous guest, who has now been active in social work for over 12 years, will discuss the ways in which incarceration affects one's life and share her thoughts on possible alternatives.

Anne Lagace Dowson
(roundtable facilitator)
Born in Toronto (Ontario), she is a radio journalist who was a longtime host of the CBC Radio Noon program, aired daily across Quebec. She holds a Masters degree in Canadian Studies and is implicated in the cultural scene, especially in the field of literature. She has facilitated numerous panels and debates on the arts. In 2008, she was an NPD Party candidate for the Westmount – Ville Marie district.