Who Killed My Brother: The Tragic Death of Soleiman Faqiri in an Ontario Jail

On Dec. 4, 2016, Soleiman Faqiri was temporarily housed at the Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, Ont., while awaiting a bed at the Ontario Shores Centres for Mental Health. He had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and was identified as having urgent mental health needs by his family and correctional staff. Soleiman was killed under government care on Dec. 15, 2016, following an altercation with CECC guards. No charges were filed against any of the CECC officers.

For more than two years since Soleiman's death, no one has been able to tell his family how the 30-year-old man with mental illness died while imprisoned and suffering from schizophrenia. At this public lecture, Yusuf Faqiri will talk about his brother's death. Through Yusuf’s efforts, an investigation into Soli’s death has been reopened. Yusuf will speak about deaths in custody, the journey to justice for his brother, and the treatment of mental illness in Canada. Halifax-based prisoners' advocate and spoken-word poet El Jones will comment and contribute a poem. 


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This event is in partnership with the Nancy Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, East Coast Prison Justice, and Women's Wellness Within.


Professor Sheila Wildeman