In September 2017, Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie Health Law Institute held a meeting to discuss the challenges surrounding the implementation of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for incarcerated individuals. The organizers of the event have provided the following summary and report that developed after the meeting:
Taking advantage of the fact that the second International Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice that took place in Halifax, September 13-15, 2017, Schulich School of Law and Dalhousie Health Law Institute organized a Satellite Meeting to the Conference, addressing the challenges surrounding the implementation of assisted dying legislation for incarcerated individuals.
The meeting brought together expert stakeholders (from members of the Parliament, to key representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions, academia, lawyers, and medical professionals) interested in the repercussions the legislation may have for crucial aspects of incarceration in Canada.
During this one-day multidisciplinary multisectoral meeting, participants brainstormed and developed the foundations for a report on MAiD in Canadian prisons, including considerations for developing prison and community strategies that reflect age and gender sensitive avenues for release opportunities and in-prison end of life care (including palliative care and MAiD).
Medical Assistance in Dying for Canadian Prisoners: Meeting Report (2017).