Prisoner’s Justice Day: A Retrospective Montage

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This retrospective was compiled in anticipation of the upcoming 40th anniversary of that first strike at Millhaven, and it is by no means a comprehensive survey of all the Prisoners Justice Day related artworks, in fact there are many more significant pieces that we could not include at this time. However, we would like to contribute to the archiving and cataloging of these important visual histories, as well as strengthen the networks of those who continue to remember and resist, and we will definitely publish more abolitionist art in upcoming issues.

We are especially interested in oral, written and/or sketched histories & herstories of the movements against prison injustice (not only under/across the Canadian state). If you know of some work(s) that we’ve omitted, or there is something new or original which you’d like to see included in a future publication,

please get in touch with us at


Prisoner's Justice Day, archives, strikes, prisons, Indigenous resurgence, restorative justice, women, hunger strike, solidarity, Peter Collins, Gord Hill, Erin Marie Konsmo

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Amnesty International, “Stolen Sisters: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence against Indigenous Women in Canada”, (2004), online:

Anonymous. “On a Precipice: Reflections on Prisoner Justice Day on the cusp of Bill C-10”. Aug 16, 2012. Halifax Media Co-op:

âpihtawikosisân, tweet:

BCCLA and Bobby Lee Worm v. The Attorney General of Canada. and

“A Brief History of the Marginalization of Aboriginal Women in Canada”. 2009. First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

Cell Count (Issue 66, Summer 2012). Published by PASAN.

Chak, Tings. “AUG 10: Prisoners' Justice Day: ART and/in MIGRANT DETENTION”, a public event in Toronto, “honouring creative resistance in immigration detention through conversation, screen-printing and letter-writing.”

Collins, Peter M. “Prisoner’s Justice Day” published July 2011.

Culhane, Clare. 1991. No Longer Barred from Prison: Social Injustice in Canada. Montreal: Black Rose Books

Dobey, Rocky. “Prison Justice Day”. Just Seeds catalog, “Celebrate People’s History” Series.

End Immigration Detention Network.

FSIS, NMS & NYSHN, “It Starts With Us” on the Indigenous Nationhood Movement blog, March 14, 2014. [Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS):

Families-of-Sisters-in-Spirit/169989823049052], [No More Silence:], [Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN):]

Gaucher, Robert. “Organizing Inside: Prison Justice Day (August 10th) A Non-Violent Response to Penal Repression” in the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, Vol. 3 Number 1 & 2 Autumn, 1990/ Spring, 1991: Capital Punishment & Prison Justice Day

Hill, Bryan. “Prisoner Justice Day: A Brief history of How it Started” In The Peak, Vol 51, Issue 7, August 8, 2012.

Hundert, Alex. “For Prisoners Justice Day I am finally posting my Sentencing Statement from June 26, 2012” From his blog, Narrative Resistance, Aug. 8, 2013.

INCITE. “Community Accountability Fact Sheet and Tool Kit.” and at

INCITE. “Policing Native Women & Native Two Spirit and Trans People”.

“International Prisoners Justice Day 2003”. in Framed: The Magazine of Justice Action (Issue 45), October 2003.

Jackson, Tom. “Editor's Note” Cell Count, #67, Fall 2012, pg.4

La Journée pour les Droits des PrisonnierEs Montréal & QPIRG Concordia. “Vigil, Testimonies, Audio Documentaries, and Commemoration in memory of those who died in custody August 10, 2012 from 2-4pm 1701 Parthenais Street [Montreal], outside the Coroner’s office.

K., Devin. “Solidarity with prisoners, not OPSEU 248” Aug. 22, 2012. in Linchpin:

Kinch, Megan. “Reporting as Resistance: Prisoner: Prisoners shed light on conditions by blogging from the inside”. The Dominion, Sept. 17, 2005.

MacAlpine, Ian. “Prison farm protestors appeal to be heard Friday” in the Kingston Whig-Standard On-line, Jan. 30, 2014. →

McLelland, Alex. “More Jail Than We Need.” in the Torontoist, March 17, 2011.

Office of the Correctional Investigator, Backgrounder: Aboriginal Offenders—A Critical Situation, (Office of the Correctional Investigator, 16 September 2013), online:

“Over-Represented and Over-Classified: Crisis of Aboriginal Women in Prison”. June 2014. Ontario Women’s Justice Network,

Piché, Justin. “Tracking the Politics of Criminalization and Punishment in Canada” at

“Prisoner's Justice Day” by OBM staff & Co. in The Drum: The Drumheller Newsletter (#18, August 2009, pages 6-7)

waniskâtân nîtisânitik: Indigenous Feminist and Two-Spirit Resistance on Turtle Island (conference description)

Weitz, Don. “How Canada’s Prisons Killed Ashley Smith: A National Crime and Shame” in Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry, and Community, December 14, 2013.

Wesley, Mandy. Aboriginal Corrections Policy Unit, Marginalized: The Aboriginal Women’s experience in Federal Corrections” Ottawa: Public Safety Canada, 2012. Online: Public Safety Canada at

Yanagisawa, Sue. “Inmates' lawsuit over T-shirts not over: lawyer”, Kingston Whig-Standard, Thursday, May 29, 2014.


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