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Sunday, December 15, 2019

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.




City Location Time Speakers Organizer(s)
Halifax Virtual Vigil
Runs from Dec 15-24
  • El Jones, Canadian
  • Note: participants in this virtual vigil can go to the East Coast Prison Justice Soceity facebook page, where they will see poems by El Jones and local poets from Eastern Canada
  • Dalhousie Law School
  • East Coast Prison Justice Society
  • Elizabeth Fry Society (Halifax & Cape Breton)
  • Women’s Wellness Within
Montreal Roddick Gate,
intersection of Sherbrooke and McGill
6:00 pm
  • Hoda Arda, spoken word artist
  • Bianka Savard Lafreniere, Carceral Lawyer
  • Stephen Brown, Board member with National Council of Canadian Muslims
  • Nabeel Ahmed, Muslim Community member and Activist
  • RADLAW McGill
  • Irfan Tahiri, part of the Justice for Soli Movement
  • Mary Foster, SJS Collective
Ottawa Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park,
100 Exhibition Way
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of National Council of Canadian Muslims
  • Chelby Daigle, Editor in Chief, muslimlink.ca and mental health advocate
  • Dahabo Omer, Director of Operations, Somali Centre for Family Services
  • Farhat Rehman, Co-founder of Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) prison advocacy group
  • Laureen St Amour, mother of Justin St Amour (young man suffering from mental illness who died in custody)
  • Souheil Benslimane, Coordinator of the Jail accountability and Information Line
  • Aaron Doyle, Associate Professor, Carleton University and Justin Piché, Associate Professor University of Ottawa, founders of the Criminalization & Punishment Education Project
Toronto Dundas Square,
Dundas and Yonge Streets
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Yusuf Faqiri, brother of Soleiman Faqiri and lead, Justice for Soli Movement
  • Paletin Faqiri, sister of Soleiman Faqiri
  • Desmond Cole, Canadian journalist and activist
  • Dr. Fariha Khan, family physician and advisor on issues of mental health and member of the National Council of Canadian Muslims Board of Directors
  • Faisal Bhabha, human rights lawyer and professor of law, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Yasin Dwyer, former Canadian prison chaplain and current chaplain University of Toronto
  • Sarah Jama, Community Organizer and Disability Activist
  • Haider Ali, Community Activist and Canadian Hip Hop Artist
  • Jessica Robinson, Prisoner Rights Advocate and Laura Straughan’s Sister
  • Mimuna Mohamed, Justice for Soli Movement
Vancouver Clare Culhane Memorial Bench at Trout Lake, John Hendry Park,
Victoria Dr and East 19th Ave.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Maggie Knight, Acting Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
  • Kashif Ahmed, Chair, National Council of Canadian Muslims
    Board of Directors
  • Magin Manolete
Winnipeg Manitoba Courts,
408 York Avenue
2:00 pm
  • Chris Summerville, CEO, Schizophrenic Society of Canada
  • Shahina Siddiqui, Executive Director, Islamic Social Services Association
  • Idris Elbakri, Professor of Radiology, University of Manitoba
  • Chantal Quill, sister of Terry Quill (man who died in custody)
  • Louise Gotkin, sister of Donald Moose (man who died in custody)
  • Katherina Maier


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