Nation-wide vigils to honour Soleiman Faqiri on third anniversary of his death
Events in seven Canadian cities will remember man killed under government care,
continue call for justice
Toronto, Ont. – On Sunday, December 15, hundreds of Canadians will hold vigils in seven
cities across the country to honour Soleiman Faqiri on the third anniversary of his death.
Soleiman was killed while under government care by correctional staff at the Central East
Correctional Centre (CECC) in Lindsay, Ontario.
This will be the first year that this community vigil has broadened into a national event.
People will gather in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto, Vancouver and
Winnipeg to remember Soleiman, and raise even greater awareness of Soleiman’s tragic
case. Each vigil will also highlight the critical need for reform in how Canada’s correctional
and judicial systems care for people suffering from mental illness.
Each vigil community represents a location that the Justice for Soli Movement has visited
over the past year.
Activists from national mental health and social justice communities will join families of fragile
men and women who, like Soleiman, died while temporary incarcerated in various provincial
jails and federal correctional facilities.
Location: Virtual Vigil, https://www.facebook.com/ECPJS/
Speakers: El Jones, Sheila Wilderman
Location: Roddick Gate (Intersection of Sherbrooke and McGill)
Speakers: Hoda Adra, Bianka Savard-Lafreniere, Stephen Brown, Nabeel Ahmed
Location: Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, 100 Exhibition Way
Speakers: Mustafa Farooq, Chelby Daigle, Dahabo Omer, Farhat Rehman, Laureen St Amour, Souheil Benslimane.
Location: Peterborough Hospital, Main Entrance, 1 Hospital Drive
Speakers: Yusuf Faqiri, Aisha Francis
Location: Dundas Square (Dundas and Younge Streets)
Speakers: Yusuf Faqiri, Paletin Faqiri, Desmond Cole, Dr Fariha Khan, Faisal Bhabha, Yasin Dwyer, Sarah Jama, Haider Ali, Jessica Robinson
Location: Clare Culhane Memorial Bench at Trout Lake, John Hendry Park (Victoria Dr and East 19th Ave)
Speakers: Maggie Knight, Kashif Ahmed
Location:Manitoba Courts, 408 York Ave
Speakers: Chris Summerville, Shahina Siddiqui, Idris Elbakri, Chantal Quill, Louise Gotkin