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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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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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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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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

16

Oct

Hunger Strike at Central East Correctional Centre, Ontario

October 16-29, 2016: Immigrant detainees re-launch their hunger strike (which had ended in July) in protest of their placement in maximum security prisons, indefinite detention of immigrants and a variety of other grievances. The outside group End Immigration Detention Network holds solidarity demonstrations and supports the strikes, which last over two weeks.

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09

Jun

Protest at Toronto South Detention Centre

June 9, 2016: As many as 160 prisoners at the Toronto South Detention Centre refused to return to their cells in protest of inhuman conditions caused, in part, by frequent lockdowns. Prisoner sat in the prison yard during the protest.

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02

Mar

Hunger Strike at Regina Provincial Correctional Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada

March 2, 2016 – (end date unknown): Sixteen prisoners in the prison’s high security unit 2D1 launched a hunger strike in protest of extended periods of lockdown. One of the prisoners, Forrest Pelletier, spoke to the CBC, explaining that as pre-trial detainees, the prisoners deserve less restrictive conditions of confinement. “We’re tired of being locked up 21 hours a day. You know it’s like we’re in a super-max correctional facility, and it’s like we’re guilty until proven innocent. You know a lot of us never had our day in court.”

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22

Feb

Uprising at Regina Provincial Correctional Center, Saskatchewan, Canada

February 22, 2016: A group of prisoners participate in an uprising causing an estimated $55,000 in damage in order to demand that other members of their organization be put on the same range. The prisoners signed a note demanding transfer of other members of the Saskatchewan Warriors. According to the Regina Leader-Post: “a group of inmates on Tiers 1 and 2 of Unit 2 were exercising when they simultaneously began breaking off sprinkler heads and smashing windows on the range. During the incident, the men armed themselves with brooms, mops, pails and wheels broken off carts.”

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2015

07

Dec

Uprising at Thunder Bay Jail District, Ontario

December 7, 2015: At least 70 prisoners take control of the top floor of the jail and leave it “destroyed.” They take a guard hostage and make demands in a riot that lasts over 12 hours. Eventually, tactical units from several cities respond to the riot and regain control of the prison.

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