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2020

16

Apr

Food Strike at Ontario Correctional Institute in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

April 16, 2020: Prisoners refuse to eat meals in cafeteria following a COVID-19 outbreak.

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12

Apr

Uprising at Bordeaux Prison, Canada in Response to COVID-19 Measures

April 12, 2020: Prisoners at the Montreal Detention Centre participated in a small uprising on Easter Sunday in response to measures put in place in response to the pandemic. According to an article from La Presse, prisoners have been allowed to only leave their cells in small groups. When the guards released the wrong set of prisoners, some became “reluctant and came to blows with the guards”.

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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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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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