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August 25, 2016
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Facilitation Trainings

2016 Walls to Bridges Facilitator Training

June 8 – 12, 2016, in Kitchener, Ontario


Who should take the training? College/university/community educators interested in creating transformative learning experiences together with criminalized people. 

Who are the trainers? The Walls to Bridges Collective (W2BC) is a group of people with and without lived experience of criminalization who have been involved with the Walls to Bridges educational model as facilitators and/or students and who now collaborate on helping the program flourish. The Collective works in Kitchener (meeting at the Grand Valley Institution for Women) and in Toronto. Trained and experienced group facilitators, we design and offer public education workshops, facilitated dialogues, and facilitator trainings. The Collective strives to connect and build bridges through education and advocacy about criminalization and social justice.

What will I learn and experience? Grounded in the lived realities of criminalization and imprisonment, this training prepares participants to offer university or college courses in jails, prisons, and community correctional sites -- classes that bring together campus-enrolled and incarcerated or justice-involved students. Emerging out of a model originated by the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program in the U.S. but distinct from it, the Canadian Walls to Bridges program engages with Freirian principles, Indigenous pedagogy, and feminist anti-racist practice. Over five days, participants will be given a thorough, experiential introduction to this pedagogy and will learn how to establish course offerings in their own communities. Our training and manual offer logistical information on developing and sustaining institutional buy-in, insights into pedagogical challenges on topics like classroom dynamics and student evaluation, for example, and clearly-presented examples of experiential activities, syllabi, reading lists.

Where does the training take place? Grand Valley Institution for Women, Kitchener, ON & the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.

Cost: $1300 HST (A small number of scholarships exist: request information, if interested.)

Please contact us at with questions or to request an application.

“There is a wall between [the] subordinated and [those] who did the subordination. But that wall can be pulled down by mutual cooperation, by collaboration. What we did can be done in the real society.”   - Student

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