Author: Vicki Chartrand

Vicki is an Associate Professor at Bishop's University, Québec.

A young Black man was fatally Tasered in his own backyard – now his family is demanding answers | CBC News

For months, Clive Mensah’s family has watched with a knowing horror as the stories of George Floyd and so many others have made headlines. All the while Mensah’s story has remained untold — until now.

Source: A young Black man was fatally Tasered in his own backyard – now his family is demanding answers | CBC News

Fighting for prison abolition across the Prairies: An interview with Free Lands Free Peoples

Canadian Dimension spoke with Karrie Auger, an amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) organizer with Free Lands Free Peoples and its Prairie Province Prisoner Support Fund, an emergency fund that has raised over $23,000 to distribute to “recently released prisoners, those still inside, and the families of people still incarcerated in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.”

Source: Fighting for prison abolition across the Prairies: An interview with Free Lands Free Peoples organizer Karrie Auger – Canadian Dimension

COVID-19 taking a toll in prisons, with high infection rates, CBC News analysis shows | CBC News

A preliminary analysis by CBC News suggests that, despite prevention measures such as releasing thousands of low-risk offenders, infection rates are still five times higher in provincial jails and up to nine times higher in federal facilities than in the general population.

Source: COVID-19 taking a toll in prisons, with high infection rates, CBC News analysis shows | CBC News

Black Lives Matter in prison, too

A group of federally incarcerated Black prisoners have written the following statement. It was read to El Jones, and has been slightly edited for length and clarity. We have been watching the Black Lives Matters protests and the conversations about police violence. We have been taking part in our own conversations with prisoners of all […]

Source: Black Lives Matter in prison, too

“Do I believe we can have a police-free future in our lifetime? Absolutely”: Policing expert Robyn Maynard on how defunding would work in practice

“It’s not that we don’t need safety. But police have not brought us that safety, and we need to look elsewhere”

Source: “Do I believe we can have a police-free future in our lifetime? Absolutely”: Policing expert Robyn Maynard on how defunding would work in practice

Four officers, no weapons, no charges: A Yukon First Nation’s solution for keeping the peace – The Globe and Mail

In Whitehorse, colonialism and crime have damaged the people of Kwanlin Dun’s relationships with the RCMP and one another. Now, a pilot project is trying to do policing differently — and Indigenous people around the world are taking notice

Source: Four officers, no weapons, no charges: A Yukon First Nation’s solution for keeping the peace – The Globe and Mail