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2019

22

Sep

Uprising at Prince George Regional Correctional Centre, Canada

September 22, 2019: An unknown number of prisoners at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre refused orders to return to their cells and damaged prison infrastructure.

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2018

21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike: Burnside Jail, Nova Scotia

August 21 – September 9, 2018: On August 19 prisoners at Central Nova Correctional Facility in Burnside, Nova Scotia issue a statement in solidarity with the nationwide prisoner strike in the US. Their statement contained a committment to striking and a list of demands. They refused work and faced severe retaliation, including humaliating body scans and being locked in dry cells (no water or working toilets) for three days.

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21

Aug

2018 National Prison Strike

August 21 – September 9, 2018 (exact dates vary based on location): Prisoners with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak and other organizations issued 10 national demands with a call to action for work stoppages, sit-down strikes, hunger strikes and boycotts of the commissary. Organizers stated that the strike was organized in response to the riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina that resulted in the violent deaths of seven prisoners.

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23

Jul

Hunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta

July 23-30, 2018: More than 200 prisoners went on hunger strike in protest of a new policy restricting time outside of their cells. One week later, 14 prisoners continued refusing meals. The prisoners were protesting a new program called “tiered rotation” in which prisoners are let out of their cells according to specific schedule, staggered throughout the day. The new program didn’t allow prisoners out of their cells for enough hours a day, according to prisoners.

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20

Jun

Uprising at Baffin Correctional Centre, Nunavut, Canada

June 20, 2018: An uprising in the Charlie Unit that lasted five hours caused extensive damage to the facility with estimates of the damages well over $100,00. Prisoners took over the wing, causing guards to abandon their posts, and threw various items at the windows of the unit including “a jail cell door, six chairs, three TVs, a bathroom sink and an exit sign, among others.”

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06

Jan

Hunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta, Canada

January 6-10, 2018: At least 55 prisoners at the Edmonton Remand Centre in Alberta, Canada launch a hunger strike to protest an increase in violent attacks on prisoners by corrections officers. The jail responds by placing all striking prisoners in isolation and taking away their personal property. The hunger strike resolves 3 days later, according to the jail administration.

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2017

25

Sep

Uprising at Baffin Correctional Centre, Nunavut, Canada

September 25, 2017: At least four prisoners participated in a two hour uprising that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the facility. According to the Department of Justice, prisoners destroyed “85 per cent of the building’s medium security bed space and 33 per cent of the maximum security bed space.” A prisoner who participated in the uprising later told media that he did so in order to draw attention to the deplorable conditions of the facility.

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12

Aug

Uprising at North Bay Jail, Ontario, Canada

August 12, 2017: Prisoners staged an uprising that lasted eight hours. The uprising resulted in broken windows and one guard receiving treatment for minor injuries. According to a representative from the prison guard union, Ontario Public Service Employees Union local 616, the uprising was the result of overcrowding and lack of adequate resources to help prisoners. He also stated that this was the third such incident in the past five months.

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08

Jun

Uprising at Regina Provincial Correctional Center, Saskatchewan, Canada

June 8, 2017: At least 13 prisoners took part in an uprising, causing at estimated $100,000 in damage to the facility. Following the uprising, 4 prisoners were transferred to other facilities and one prisoner and one guard were treated for minor injuries.

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2016

14

Dec

Uprising at Saskatchewan Penitentiary, Canada

December 14, 2016: At least 185 prisoners refuse to attend their normally-scheduled activities and instead mask up, destroy surveillance cameras, erect barricades, set fires, destroy significant portions of the prison and smash a hole in the floor so they can move to different units.

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