At midnight on February 23, three Aboriginal female prisoners being held at the Springhill men's penitentiary in Nova Scotia began a hunger strike.
Although it ended after just three days, the hunger strike pushed the conditions in the four women's units contained within men's penitentiaries back into the national spotlight.
Since the federal Kingston Prison for Women closed in 2000, women in maximum security have been held in men's prisons. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is building maximum security units alongside five new regional prisons for women.
However, according to Kim Pate, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry …