Unreasonable search

July 6, 2020

6 July, 2020

A group of Indigenous inmates complained to us that they were strip-searched before attending a smudging ceremony, leaving them feeling violated, discriminated against and targeted because of their Indigenous spirituality.

A group of Indigenous inmates complained to us that they were strip-searched before attending a smudging ceremony, leaving them feeling violated, discriminated against and targeted because of their Indigenous spirituality. Our review determined that the search was ordered as the result of a communication error between two shifts of correctional officers, because one had neglected to file a report at the end of his shift. The facility acknowledged its error and sent a corrective memo to staff reminding them of their reporting duties.