Edward Snowshoe, 24, died by suicide in August 2010 after spending 162 days in segregation in federal prison of Manitoba, Canada.
Snowshoe was serving a five-year sentence for shooting and injuring a cab driver. Snowshoe was placed in segregation — with no access to the general population — after brandishing a knife made from a juice box in March 2010. After his transfer to the maximum-security Edmonton Institution in July 2010, he requested to be released from segregation, but a 2014 inquiry found his request went missing and was not located until after his death.
The Snowshoe family notes that he attempted suicide at least three times before he was placed in segregation in Manitoba. The family alleges that his wrongful death resulted from systemic discrimination against him as an Indigenous person.
In April 2021 Snowshoe’s family filled a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. The lawsuit seeks $12.5 million in damages.
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from Attorney General of Canada David T. Lametti and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.