Hope For Tomorrow Today
We acknowledge that the land on which we operate is the traditional unceded territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet). This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
As you may know, every year we mark Elizabeth Fry Week during the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The goal of the week is to enhance public awareness and education around criminalized and vulnerable women, trans, non-binary, and Two Spirit people in Canada. We continue to mark this week as Elizabeth Fry Week because most women in prison are mothers, and many of these women were the sole supporters of their families at the time they were incarcerated. When mothers are sentenced to prison, their children are sentenced to separation. We draw attention to this reality by ending Elizabeth Fry Week on Mother’s Day each year. We are excited to announce that this year’s theme for Elizabeth Fry Week is “Human Rights in Action”.
Comme vous le savez sans doute, nous célébrons chaque année la semaine nationale Elizabeth Fry lors de la semaine précédant la fête des Mères. Cette semaine vise à conscientiser et à éduquer le public sur la situation des femmes et des personnes trans, non binaires et bispirituelles criminalisées et vulnérables au Canada. Si cette semaine demeure la semaine Elizabeth Fry, c’est parce que la plupart des femmes emprisonnées sont des mères, dont beaucoup ont élevé seules leurs enfants avant d’être incarcérées. Quand une femme est condamnée à une peine d’emprisonnement, ses enfants sont condamnés à être séparés de leur mère. Nous attirons l’attention sur cette réalité en célébrant chaque année la semaine Elizabeth Fry lors de la semaine qui précède la fête des Mères. Nous sommes heureuses d’annoncer que le thème de la semaine Elizabeth Fry 2021 est « Droits de la personne en action ».
“Seniors and youth enjoy each other’s company during a previous intergenerational program put on by the Elizabeth Fry Society and Go Ahead Seniors Inc. A new joint project called Creative Pathways to Healthy Aging: Seniors and Youth Engage has received funding from the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project.”
We want to give a huge thank you to Rose Kryszko Peter-Paul of Mi’gmag Creations for the beautiful dream catchers she made for us to be gifted to the women we support at EFry. Each dream catcher came with a note that says:
“The Mi’gmag believe that the night is filled of both good and bad dreams. When a dream catcher is hung above or near the place where one sleeps, it moves freely in the night air and catches the dreams as they drift by. Bad dreams get caught in the web and perish with the light of day. Good dreams easily slip through the center hole, working their way down the web, catching all the good energies of the beads and adornments, then float down the feathers and into the dreamer’s head. Hang this dream catcher above your bed. Dream on and be at peace.”
Visit her Facebook page, Mi’gmag Creations, to check out more of her work!
Thank-you to Symphony New Brunswick for your support of EFrySJ and your participation in projects such as Singing My Way Home. This virtual concert is a gift from SNB and the Saint John String Quartet for all our friends and supporters to enjoy at home over the holiday season.
Brand New Day
Mama’s Worried about Her Boy
Women in Gray Women in Blue
“Song writing allowed us to create and express ourselves together and empower us as women”
“I got to share my story and put it into words which turned into a beautiful song for myself and others”
“We shared not just our feelings we hide inside in here, but opened our souls”
Mother-Child Read Aloud
“I love the tape and mostly the Walkman. I listen to it all the time at the daytime and nighttime to be read a story to and I love it a lot. It is very nice. My mom is a beautiful person you know. THANK YOU!!”
“Thank you for sending this stuff and I hope you guys are taking good care of my mom and I love the stuff you gave me and the books will help me get up a level in reading and I’m 10. Thank you!! My mom is nice, and I love her.”
Women’s Journeys to Health and Wellness
“We don’t judge each other… You don’t feel ganged up on; everyone is here WITH you.”
“People were genuinely ‘wowed’ by what we had accomplished. It wouldn’t have been as good if we weren’t a unit. Our group could run the next government. It would run smoothly. We had a good foundation, and we could build.”
How We Are Working with COVID-19
As an organization open to the public, EFrySJ follows all governmental guidelines for working during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Keeping our hands clean.
- Keeping our environment clean and disinfected.
- Staying home if any symptoms are present or exposure may have occurred.
- Limiting work related travel.