The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary is a leader in working with the Indigenous community. We offer resources unique to Indigenous women, who represent 50-70% of the women in the Elizabeth Fry Society’s remanded, provincial prison and community outreach programs.
Indigenous women also make up 50% of our overall client mix demographics.
We believe that Indigenous women are more likely to heal when they have access to a culturally safe environment with traditional, spiritual support.
Indigenous populations make up 4% of the Canadian population, yet comprise approximately 20% of those incarcerated in the prison system overall and 38% that are incarcerated in federal institutions. Elizabeth Fry engages Indigenous women in case management supports, programs and ceremony designed to increase their cultural identity, address intergenerational trauma, and encourage healing. Women can address their personal issues by talking with elders individually or by sharing in healing circles. They are provided with cultural teachings, monthly sweatlodges, as well as other indigenous ceremonies based on season and availability.