Restorative Justice Lecture Series Launch - "Decarceration: Are Prisons Really the Answer?"

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. 
Keynote Speaker: Senator Kim Pate and moderated by Dan Lett 
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Mediation Services has been a vital part of the Winnipeg community for almost 40 years.  As part of a fundraising effort, we are launching an annual Restorative Justice Lecture Series to be held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Our organization's 40th Anniversary is in 2019 so we see this as an opportunity to build towards that celebration and raise the profile of Mediation Services and restorative justice principles within the community at large.  

We are privileged to have Senator Kim Pate as our first speaker in the series. Senator Pate will be speaking on the topic of "Decarceration: Are Prisons Really the Answer?" Her lecture will be followed by a thoughtful fireside chat Q&A, moderated by Dan Lett of the Winnipeg Free Press.  It will be an informative and stimulating discussion in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

“According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, in 2010, the annual cost of incarcerating a woman in a federal penitentiary, taking into account all of the costs, was $348,000. Most of the women who are jailed are poor and are the sole support of their children.

When they are jailed, their children are too often taken into care. I believe that we can, and that we must, address the human, social and fiscal costs of our current problematic use of the criminal and penal systems to address what are actually issues related to social and economic inequality and injustice, such as poverty, homelessness, colonization, and violence against women and those suffering from mental health issues.

Jails are not , or should we accept that they continue to be used as, substitute shelters for battered women, nor are they treatment or mental health centres, and they most certainly are not appropriate responses to inadequate housing and social services.

In terms of human, social and fiscal costs, prisons are the least effective and the most costly means of responding to substantive inequality and injustice.”

Tickets can be purchased online at and are part of a fundraising initiative of Mediation Services. We hope you will be part of this important conversation about how we treat some of our most marginalized citizens.  

Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Street: 85 Israel Asper Way