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  • Writer's pictureEmma Halpern

Deaths of Indigenous people in Atlantic Canadian jails spark calls for review, change

CTV News · Posted: May 19, 2023 6:54 PM AT | Last Updated: May 19, 2023

Groups focused on women and justice in Nova Scotia are calling for Mi'kmaq-led inquiries into the deaths this year of two First Nations people -- 36-year-old Sarah Rose Denny and 27-year-old Peter Paul -- in the provincial justice system. In New Brunswick, the Wolastoqey Nation is calling for an Indigenous-led inquiry into systemic racism in the justice system after the conclusion Thursday of an inquest into the death of 28-year-old Skyler Sappier.


"We know that Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous women, are the fastest-growing prison population in Canada. We know that's because we have failed Indigenous people so badly for so long," said Emma Halpern, who is with the Prisoner Advocacy and Transformational Hub and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia. "We have to learn from this, or it's just going to keep happening."



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