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Opinion: More compassion needed in dealing with incarcerated individuals in Sask. – The Province

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 201859 Views

We can accept this overrepresentation of Indigenous prisoners as a “sad reality” or we can push for decarceration, writes Sue Delanoy.

Every year, on Aug. 10, in memory of all the men and women who have died in prison, prisoners across Canada mark the day by fasting, hosting sharing circles, singing and drumming, demonstrating and refusing to work or go to school. They also call for prison justice through education, peace vigils and awareness campaigns. The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan remembers all the people who have died in prison and we call for prison justice on this day.

Anytime an individual dies from unnatural causes while in custody in this province, a public inquest is held to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death and to determine the cause of death. In the past years, our organization has had standing at three different inquests, for three different women, who died at three different institutions throughout the province. All three women were Indigenous, all were 35 years of age or younger.

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