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Jukasa News Update – Monday, October 18, 2021


A weeklong shutdown of a local school is in effect after a positive COVID case has been identified.
IL Thomas Elementary School senior officials announced the positive case on Sunday evening in a letter to parents, posted to social media. It did not disclose if the case is a student or staff member of the school.
Ohsweken Public Health will be carrying out an investigation and contact tracing however it is believed there was a low-risk of exposure for students.
In the interest of safety, the school will be closed from October 18-22 and online learning will carry on for all cohorts.

An ancient Indigenous knife unearthed during the renovation of Centre Block will be the first artifact found on Parliament Hill to be returned to the stewardship of the Algonquin people who live in the Ottawa region.
Archeologists say the return of the stone knife, which is estimated to be 4,000 years old, is a historic move that officially recognizes Indigenous Peoples inhabited the land _ considered unceded territory _ that is now the site of Parliament Hill.
The Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation based about 130 kilometres north of Gatineau, Que., and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa, are to share ownership of the artifact.
It will be displayed on Parliament Hill when the refurbishment of Centre Block finishes and the building reopens, which is not expected to happen until at least 2030.

The country could be heading for its first typical flu season since the pandemic began, even as health systems are still battling the fourth wave of COVID-19, Canada’s top doctor warns.
Last year the flu was “virtually non-existent,” in Canada according to chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.
This year Tam says health officials are anticipating a possible flu resurgence, due to lower levels of immunity in the population as a result of less circulation last flu season, and the easing of some public health measures.
Tam is urging people to get the flu shot to prevent overwhelming hospitals who are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says the flu vaccine can be given any time before or after _ or even at the same time as _ the COVID-19 vaccine, so there’s no reason to postpone either shot.

The newly created Task Force charged with investigating the deaths of children at the Mohawk Institute has received its first case.
The investigation of an unmarked burial found in August 2020 near Glenwood Drive in Brantford, Ontario, is now being reviewed to determine if it may be associated with the Mohawk Institute.
Given the close proximity of the burial to the lands known to be used by the Mohawk Institute and the receipt of a new report suggesting the person was an adolescent at the time of their death, this matter has been transferred to the Task Force looking into the deaths of children at the former residential school.
The Task Force includes both police service membership and representatives from Ontario’s death investigation system.
The Mohawk Institute was the first and longest running Indian Residential School in Canada. Indigenous children from more than 20 First Nations were impacted during the 136 years the Mohawk Institute was in operation.

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