Inmates Make Reusable Masks for the Less Fortunate

To contribute to the overall effort against COVID-19, a project to manufacture cloth face masks was implemented at Archambault Institution (Minimum), in Quebec.

As a result, over 2,000 masks were produced in a few weeks. The experience gave offenders the opportunity to gain new skills and give back to the community. Consequently, 300 masks were donated to two community organizations working with homeless people in the area.

Véronique Landry, Liaison Officer at the Indigenous Intervention Centre, carried out this initiative with the support of the institution’s management and the inmates’ voluntary participation.

The project also benefited from the help of Patricia Tranchemontagne, Assistant Warden, Operations, and Patrice Meloche, Supervisor, Institutional Services, as well as the sound advice of CORCAN Textiles employees from the Federal Training Centre.

The Indigenous Initiatives Division would like to acknowledge Ms. Landry’s outstanding efforts and leadership. In addition, the continued support of Lyne Champagne, Deputy Warden, helped develop the Indigenous Services at Archambault Institution. Lastly, the team would like to thank everyone who helped make the project a success!

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