A BC Supreme Court judge has deemed indefinite solitary confinement for inmates is unlawful and inhumane, a decision being praised by many in Canada.
Solitary confinement has been linked to long term psychological harm.
With Indigenous people on average receiving longer prison sentences and spending more time in segregation or solitary, they become much more likely to see these effects.
National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Robert Bertrand says the government should perform a national inquiry to revisit the prison system as a whole.
What we’re strongly advocating is that we have a national inquiry into the Canadian justice system. Why are the Indigenous peoples in Canada being treated differently than the regular population? If their prison sentences are longer, if they get longer confinement, what’s going on here?
The government has 12 months to draft new legislation, which Justice Peter Leask says must include strict time limits on segregation.