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This is a true tale of a teenage girl who, in 1983, refused to go to school and became a ward of Quebec’s juvenile system, eventually making her way to The Farm. It questions the use of incarceration as a means of dealing with youth protection cases, and it offers a rare glimpse inside one of Quebec’s oldest juvenile detention centres.

The Shawbridge Boys Farm, just north of Montreal Quebec, has been reforming children for more than a hundred years. Thousands of stories can be collected from the children, adults, and seniors who have lived on “The Farm”.  To learm more you will find links to other stories and resources here.

Slave to the farm is available in both Paperback and Ebook formats.

SHAWBRIDGE: Stories From The Farm Gala

You’re invite to a very special event: SHAWBRIDGE: Stories From The Farm. It will be held in Montreal at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Dorval on September 28th 2017. Guest speakers include Director/Producer Cathy Scorsese from the movie SHAWBRIDGE already in pre-production, Best Selling Author of Solomon’s Will, The Duchess Of Cyprus and Zoo, Arleen Solomon Rotchin, Writer/Producer Jason Shanski, and retired Doctor of Social Work Eli Teram, formerly of Wilfrid Laurier University. Doors will open at 7 pm. with a canapé menu and live entertainment from River City Junction.


A private filming booth will be set up to video any former clients, staff, family or friends of the hundred and ten year old institution. I’ll be using the film from this event to produce a short documentary about Shawbridge. I myself am a former client of the Farm, and have been collecting stories about the institution for over a decade. I’ll be bringing all those stories together in one place, and it would be an honor if you joined in the conversation.


For more information please visit www.unlockeddoorsproductions.com


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Meet the author, Erika Tafel

Erika Tafel lives in the Southern Okanagan of British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.  They live off-grid using solar power and are in the process of building an underground home, which is the subject of her next book.  She publishes a magazine, The Wayward Dog, and is a community activist with a strong belief in social justice issues.

"Connections and First Class Press are proud to unveil a new Non-Fiction book by Erika Tafel.  'Slave To The Farm' is a gritty and frank account of growing up as a ward of Quebec's juvenile system."

- Connections: Algonquin College


Dedicated to the memory of Michele Thibault, Tina Poux, Christina Cain, and Tiffany Mackenzie, the four young girls who lost their lives in the Le Village fire on January 19, 1990.

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