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Learn more about CAEFS’ work.

CAEFS’ Housing Strategy and the Right to Housing

Advocacy

CAEFS is developing a rights-based housing strategy focused on building housing principles, resources, and advocacy that better respond to the distinct needs of criminalized women and gender-diverse people, disrupt the cycles and systems of criminalization and homelessness, and contribute to the meaningful co-creation of thriving communities without prisons.  Criminalized women and gender-diverse people face multiple […]

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Northern Capacity Building

Engagement

CAEFS created the position of Northern Regional Coordinator for the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut in response to a gap identified by the Breaking The Cycle project. With there being no membership societies in any of the three territories, CAEFS felt it was important to develop connections with First Nation, Metis, and Inuit governments […]

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National Housing Portrait of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Engagement

Created through December 2021 to April 2022, the National Housing Portrait is a network-wide scan of existing housing and residential programs offered by members of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. It is informed by interview with executive directors and housing support workers across the membership.   The Portrait identifies more than 1200 beds located […]

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Membership Engagement and Capacity Building

Engagement

As a member-driven association, CAEFS works closely with our member societies to share resources and knowledge, build partnerships, develop sustainable funding models, and convene on key advocacy issues. Current activities include, but are not limited to: A monthly “Learning Exchange” that brings together local Elizabeth Fry staff and volunteers from across the country to discuss […]

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Regional Advocacy Program

Advocacy

CAEFS advocacy utilizes an intersectional feminist rights-based approach to advocate for federally incarcerated women and gender-diverse people and is rooted in the understanding that, in order to create substantive equality, unique attention and approaches are needed to respond to incarcerated equity-deserving groups. CAEFS’ regional advocates are organized into five regional advocacy teams: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, […]

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