Sarah Rose Obituary, Sarah Rose Has Passed Away – Death Cause
Sarah Rose Obituary, Death – We are extremely saddened and devastated by the demise of Sarah Rose Denny (Sarah Ji’j), on behalf of the staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and clients of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia. Our hearts go out to her family and friends. Sarah had a great heart, had a deep love for other people, and always tried her best to assist as many individuals as she was able to. She was a member of the Eskasoni Women’s Drum Group, and the group took their traditional music on the road around Nova Scotia.
She enjoyed singing karaoke, playing the piano, going to the gym, kickboxing, painting, beading, reading, writing, and keeping a journal. She was also skilled at composing poetry. We are sending a tremendous amount of love and warmth to everyone who was fortunate enough to know and love her. Please know that our thoughts and emotions are with you during this difficult time. Sarah, who was only 36 years old when she died, went away in the Burnside Correctional Institution from pneumonia (Central Nova Correctional Facility).
This should not have been allowed to take place. Putting Sarah, a vulnerable and oppressed Indigenous woman, who had no business being in jail in the first place, resulted in Sarah’s untimely death, which may have been prevented. We are requesting that a public investigation be held into the circumstances surrounding Sarah’s passing and the death itself.
In light of the findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, it is of the utmost importance to “address the overrepresentation of Indigenous women in correctional facilities and ensure culturally-appropriate programming and services for incarcerated Indigenous women.” In honor of Sarah and all others whose lives have been cut short as a result of this violence, we will never stop working to ensure that Indigenous women, girls, and gender-variant people have access to the justice, safety, equity, and respect to which they are entitled.