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Congress of Aboriginal Peoples calls for inquest into inmate’s death – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
by ahnationtalk onMarch 12, 202088 Views
Two days after the death of 27-year-old Saskatchewan Penitentiary inmate Curtis McKenzie, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is calling for the Saskatchewan Coroners Service to complete an inquest into his death, believing that Correctional Services Canada (CSC) refused to acknowledge that McKenzie was suicidal.
According to CAP, McKenzie committed suicide while in custody. In a statement to the StarPhoenix on Tuesday, the CSC would not confirm the cause of death.
“I am deeply disturbed about what has happened to Curtis. I know that he cried out for help and Correctional Services Canada refused to acknowledge that he was suicidal. I believe CSC was derelict in their duties. I have sent out an email to the Office of the Correctional Investigator,” CAP National Vice-Chief Kim Beaudin said in a statement.
Beaudin, who had previously supported McKenzie as an outreach worker, also noted that McKenzie was “made to sign” a Criminal Code Section 810 order, also known as a peace bond, before he was released from a previous sentence. He was then re-incarcerated in May 2018 after violating the order by succumbing to a drug addiction he had continuously battled in the past.