Jukasa News Update Friday April 6, 2018
A BC advisory council is recommending fish farm companies be required to have agreements in place with area First Nations before the government approves any new farm projects.
The proposal is part of a series of recommendations issued in a 230-page report from the advisory council.
BC’s Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said the province will consider the recommendations as it reviews 20 fish-farm tenures that are up for renewal this June on Vancouver Island.
Protesters have occupied multiple fish farms in the archipelago over the past year, claiming they are operating in First Nations’ traditional territories without their consent.
RCMP were still looking Thursday into why a baby girl died and 14 others were taken to hospital from a crowded home on an Alberta First Nation, which had recently been hit hard with the flu.
Police and paramedics were called a day earlier to check on a child in medical distress on the Wesley First Nation, one of three reserves that make up the Stoney Nakoda First Nation near Morley, about 60 kilometres west of Calgary.
The four-month-old was declared dead at the scene and the others in the house were found suffering from influenza-like symptoms.
Ten children and four young adults were taken to hospital with respiratory issues. By Thursday afternoon, two of the adults had been released. A two-year-old girl was in serious but stable condition.
The 15 who fell ill had all been living in the small home.
Many people on the reserve have been knocked down with the flu and children were home from school this week for spring break.
Alberta Health Services says a mistake on a form a decade ago using outdated language is to blame after a teenage Indigenous girl was sent an invoice addressed to “Treaty Indian”.
The health service said Thursday it has finished a preliminary investigation into how “unacceptable and culturally insensitive language” was used.
The health service said in a statement it was an inexcusable error that should never have happened.
The service said historical wording was put in the wrong field on a patient’s record during a hospital visit over a decade ago and that the computer system copied that incorrect wording during the patients most recent visit, and then generated an invoice.
The health service says the wording is not language they would purposefully use. Saying it is inappropriate, insensitive and should not be used in any circumstance.”
The organization apologized publicly and said it has reached out to the 15-year-old girl and her mother to apologize personally.
The case will continue to be reviewed and the invoice to the patient has been waived.
A group formed to understand the challenges faced by autistic seniors says there are few resources in place to address their specific needs.
A new report from the Aging and Autism Think Tank says the vast majority of research and programming geared toward autism focuses on children, leaving adults almost entirely out of the conversation.
The study — compiled by academics, clinicians and autistic adults from five different countries — says autistic people lose access to key resources once they age out of childhood and contends the problem intensifies the older they get.
Autistic people consulted in the report said they fear assisted-living facilities or other supports they may need post-retirement may not understand or accommodate their needs.