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Jukasa News Update – Thursday, December 20, 2018


A lawyer representing some First Nations hockey teams in Manitoba is arguing in court that all white teams got together and formed a new Junior B league which excluding First Nations.
All of the teams were part of the Keystone Junior Hockey League until May when five teams left to create a new league.
Kagan says the new league’s actions are against the spirit of reconciliation and are separating Indigenous and non-Indigenous players.

Thunder Bay’s police oversight board is accepting findings of racism and wilful blindness to racist actions against indigenous people within the board and the city’s police department.
Now, the board says they are planning a formal and public apology, and say “the board has failed the indigenous community.”
The scathing report calls for the reopening of at least nine investigations on the deaths of indigenous people in the city and says because of the racism against indigenous people by police — those investigations were shoddy.

Manitoba’s premier says he will enforce fees on First Nations cannabis stores.
This is newest clash between indigenous communities in the province and the elected provincial leadership — who insist First Nations in Manitoba must fall beneath provincial standards and headship in the new provincially run cannabis retail market.
Leaders from Manitoba’s First Nations say they are considering legal action against the province and say the provinces demands appear to be an attempt to charge a provincial sales tax on First Nations land.

A new class action lawsuit is alleging RCMP officers of physical assaulting and abusing indigenous people in three northern territories.
A statement of claim was filed in Edmonton and alleges RCMP have a pattered history of beating, tasering and using racial insults against indigenous people across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
The claim has not yet been proven in court, and is seeking certification to define who can qualify as a plaintiff in the class action.

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