Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada has developed accessible resources to explore the history of eugenics in Canada’s west and the contemporary significance of that history.

A group of survivors and supporters focused on honouring those who were laid to rest at the Huronia Regional Cemetery who come together for mutual support to share our life stories.
The Abolition and Disability Justice coalition are abolitionist psychiatric survivors, people with disabilities, and their accomplices. They believe in and work toward the liberation of all. Their website has resources on what crippin’ abolition means and looks like.
Liat Ben-Moshe is a leading scholar in deinstitutionalization and abolition. Their website shares resources on abolition, disability justice, and transformative justice.
The Joint Task Force on Deinstitutionalization was formed in 2002 by People First of Canada (PFC) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL).
As the newest of several Mad in America global affiliates, Mad in Canada believes that the current paradigm of mental health care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change.
The Eugenics to Newgenics website shares ongoing research about disabled people’s access to sexuality, reproduction and family life.
This timeline attempts to delineate key events around institutionalization, deinstitutionalization, community/independent living, disability rights and disability justice, as they took place in Canada and the United States since the 1800s.

A collection of voices sharing the truths of institutionalization in Canada, from the 1800s to present day.

Audio & Podcasts

“Burn it Down.” Canadaland.

“Fighting the institutionalization of disabled Nova Scotians.” the Nova Scotia Advocate.

“Remove and Normalize: Discussing Canada’s residential institution history with Megan Linton.” non compliant podcast.

“The Gristle in the Stew: revisiting the horrors of Huronia”. CBC Doc Project.



Broken: institutions, families, and the construction of intellectual disability (2017) Madeline Burghardt

Decarcerating Disability: Prison Abolition and Deinsitutionalization, (2020) Liat Ben-Moshe

Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the US and Canada, (2014) Liat Ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman & Allison C. Carey

Special Hell: Institutional life in Alberta’s eugenics years, Claudia Malacrida

Facing Eugenics: reproduction, sterilization and the politics of choice Erika Dyck

Managing Madness: The Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada, Erika Dyck

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Leah Lakshmi Piepezna-Samarasinha 

Remembering Patients Past, Geoffrey Reaume

Institutional Violence and Disability: Punishing Conditions, (2018) Kate Rossiter & Jen Rinaldi

Our Own Master Race: Eugenics in Canada, Agnus McLaren

Workshops (past & present)

Cops out of care work: a summer series from DJNO

Roundtable Discussion, from Abolition and Disability Justice
“Institutionalized or Dead” from Accessible Adventurers
Bill C-7 Press Conference from Inclusion Canada
Decarcerating Disability Virtual Event, from Liat Ben-Mosche