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Nearly half of youth incarcerated across Canada are Indigenous: Statistics Canada

hi-bc-120604-prison-cellsby , Globe and Mail, June 24, 2018

Nearly half of all youth who end up in custody across Canada are Indigenous, a statistic that a Manitoba activist says shows unacceptable and systemic racism.

Data released by Statistics Canada shows Aboriginal youth made up 46 per cent of admissions to correctional services in 2016-17 while making up only eight per cent of the youth population. Read the rest of this entry

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Number of Indigenous people in prison now a human rights issue says Correctional Investigator

hi-bc-120604-prison-cellsby Todd Lamirande, APTN National News, Oct 31, 2017

Canada’s Correctional Investigator said the number of Indigenous people locked up in prisons across the country is now a human rights issue.

“That the incarceration rate for Indigenous people keeps climbing year after year after year, relentlessly,” said Zinger. Read the rest of this entry

Woman arrested in Muskrat Falls protest moved to men’s prison in St. John’s

Innu beatrice-hunter prisonBeatrice Hunter — an Inuit grandmother — has been transferred more than 1,000 kilometres from home

CBC News, June 2, 2017

Beatrice Hunter, a Labrador woman sent to jail this week after she told the court she could not promise to obey an injunction against protesting at Muskrat Falls, is now behind bars at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) in St. John’s.

With no female correctional facility in Labrador, Hunter is just the latest woman to end up in the province’s largest male prison. Read the rest of this entry

NoCanada: Looking for Contributors and Co-Conspirators!

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Militants burn Canadian flag during anti-Canada Day protests in Vancouver, BC.

From Montreal Counter-Information

Celebrations of the canadian state’s 150th anniversary are well underway and are looking to heat up as we approach July 1st. Over the past couple of months a few of us have been putting together a website/multimedia project against the canada 150 project as well as to put forward ideas that are against the state, colonization, capitalism, and all the misery that “canada” has meant for so many people.

We’re looking for your help to pull it off! Read the rest of this entry

Canada 150 is a celebration of Indigenous genocide

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The Scream, on the cover, The Subjugation of Truth, by Kent Monkman.

This year, the federal government plans to spend half a billion dollars on events marking Canada’s 150th anniversary, prompting a great deal of debate about its historical treatment of Indigenous peoples. The majority of Canadians don’t have all the facts about that, while First Nations continue to live the crisis-level effects of that legacy. Perhaps Canada should cancel its celebrations and undertake the hard work necessary to make amends.

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Group rallies for Prince Albert prisoners

scar-rallyby Brian Fitzpatrick, Regina Leader-Post, March 1, 2017

In the wake of the deadly prison riot in Prince Albert in December, a small crowd led by the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) rallied in Regina on Wednesday to protest against ongoing conditions at the penitentiary.

The unrest at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary — thought to have first erupted over food standards — left Jason Leonard Bird, 43, dead and eight prisoners wounded after fires were lit, fittings smashed, and weapons, including firearms, used by guards.  Read the rest of this entry

1 dead, at least 8 injured in Saskatchewan prison riot

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Jason Leonard Bird, 43, died Wednesday at Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert. (Holly Lynn/Facebook)

Prince Albert inmate Jason Leonard Bird, 43, was killed

CBC News, December 15, 2016

A prisoner was killed and several people were injured during a riot at Saskatchewan Penitentiary on Wednesday.  Prison officials said three inmates were stabbed at some point during the riot in the Prince Albert prison’s medium-security unit.  Jason Leonard Bird, 43, was pronounced dead after he was brought to hospital by paramedics. Read the rest of this entry

Meet the Man Who Fled Canada and Was Granted Asylum in the US

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James “OJ” Pitawanakwat

By Sarah Berman, Vice.com, April 17, 2016

James “OJ” Pitawanakwat hasn’t returned to the Anishinaabe community on Manitoulin Island where he grew up in nearly two decades. He can’t, because in Canada there’s an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Over the phone from his home on Saginaw Chippewa reservation in Michigan, Pitawanakwat tells me he feels a swell of pride thinking about the actions he took in the summer of 1995—actions that led to his arrest and conviction on mischief and weapons charges. Read the rest of this entry

Gustafsen Lake warrior granted political asylum in US wants return home to Canada

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James Pitawanakwat during the 1995 siege at Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake, BC.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, January 15, 2016
A Wikwemikong man who was given political asylum in the U.S. following the 1995 Gustafsen Lake armed standoff in British Columbia wants to return to Canada.

James “OJ” Pitawanakwat, 44, has lived in the U.S. since August 1998 when he crossed the border while on day parole in Canada.

The U.S. Federal Court for the District of Oregon denied Canada’s extradition request for Pitawanakwat in November 2000 on grounds his actions in B.C. were “of a political character” and qualified for an exemption under the extradition treaty between Canada and the U.S. Read the rest of this entry

Prison watchdog says more than a quarter of federal inmates are aboriginal people

prison cells 1Howard Sapers, Canada’s correctional investigator, says efforts to curb high numbers not working

CBC News Jan 14, 2016

For the first time, more than a quarter of inmates in Canadian prisons are aboriginal people.

“The most current figure we have is quite shocking,” said Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers, the country’s prison ombudsman.

“In federal corrections, 25.4 per cent of the incarcerated population are now of aboriginal ancestry.” Read the rest of this entry