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Creative and Healing Approaches To Justice

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Saint Paul University

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The vision for this event is to bring together members of our local community along with creative and interfaith thought-leaders at the forefront of trying to create change within the justice and carceral contexts. We recognize that the work of the spirit (including art) offers fertile ground for supporting those who are justice-involved and for facilitating change towards a more healed version of the justice system.

Through this event we are facilitating dialogue about coalition-building (how can we come together to create positive change within the justice system,) the ways that art and faith influence culture and how we can work with these skills to foster positive change, how faith and art can serve as wellsprings of support and inspiration for justice-involved individuals, communities and more!

The event will feature an art class hosted by Paint Nite and a yoga class facilitated by Sylvie Gouin of Inspired Living.

There will also be a panel discussion, moderated by CCJC President Dr. Rebecca Bromwich. Featured panelists will include:

Michael Taylor a leader in Toronto’s Muslim community and has worked in professional Chaplaincy for over 15 years. He has a Masters of Theological Studies, focusing on Muslim-Christian Dialogue and counsels and consults in a variety of areas, including Diversity, Violence and Anger Solutions, Spirituality, Mental Health and Youth. He is Coordinator of Victims with Diverse Voices, a Restorative Practices initiative in Toronto’s Muslim Community and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Services Canada.

Mark Fry whose work has ranged from helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina manage post-traumatic stress; being the in-country director for Nouvelle Vie, a community development program for youth in post-hurricane Haiti; acting as Canadian director for Prison SMART, a rehabilitation program for inmates: teaching the Y.E.S! for Schools Program First Nations communities in Canada as well as teaching meditation and breathing techniques to people from ages eight to eighty years old.

Dr. Lynette Monteiro, Ph.D. a psychologist in private practice, Clinical Professor (University of Ottawa), Buddhist chaplain and co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic (OMC). As Training Director for the Professional Training Program at the OMC and a Clinical Professor for doctoral candidates of the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Lynette has developed a comprehensive training program for professional training in mindfulness psychotherapy. Lynette has worked as a psychologist with the RCMP and the Canadian Forces (CF) and other first response members experiencing PTSD.

Jamie Ross a preschool educator, and visual artist based in Montreal. His most recent solo exhibition was mounted at the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (Dawson City, YK) and, from April to May, 2018, he exhibited simultaneously with Verticale (Laval, QC) and at Eastern Bloc (Montreal), inspired by his three years of volunteer chaplaincy work with pagan men incarcerated in federal prisons in Quebec. His work with prisoners began 7 years ago, when he began corresponding with queer men incarcerated in US prisons experiencing extreme isolation. His work seeks to engender radical networks of care, radical interdependence and solidarity. Departing from the model of Corrections based on individual contrition and repentance, Jamie believes that religious visitation can empower minority religious practitioners behind bars. Jamie will share based on his experiences, with a brief history of Pagan chaplaincy in Canada.

Jill Kooymans Executive Director of Ontario Theatre and Rehabilitation through Arts in Corrections (OnTRAC),a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's M.A. Applied Theatre course with a specialization in theatre in the criminal justice system. She wrote her master's thesis on the feasibility of prison theatre work in her native Canada. Upon graduating, she began her work in Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, ON, and established Ontario Theatre and Rehabilitation through Arts in Corrections (OnTRAC). In addition to her work with OnTRAC, Jill works with Theatre of the Beat on their prison theatre project in Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, ON. She will be accompanied by Claire Shingleton-Smith - Actor/Facilitator with OnTRAC.

Brian David an elected chief with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. Brian is also a NILO (native inmate liason officer) working at OCDC who will be sharing with us about traditional teachings in the carceral context.

Registration for the event is now open! Join us, September 24th from 6:30-9:30 at St. Paul University. Tickets are $30. Bring your own yoga mat.

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