Jukasa News Update Friday, August 24, 2018
The Saskatchewan government is asking a judge to order an Indigenous protest camp to leave the legislature grounds.
Government lawyer Michael Morris told a Regina court that tindigenous demonstrators are making it hard for the province to maintain the land across from the building.
Teepees have been set up for six months as campers protest racial injustice and the disproportionate number of Indigenous children apprehended by child-welfare workers.
Protesters have filed a court application of their own seeking to have six arrests made during an eviction in June declared illegal.
Legendary wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart was given an honorary Blackfoot name at an Indigenous ceremony in Calgary on Thursday.
Hart’s new Blackfoot name means “Courageous Chief.”
The 61 year old was born into a legendary wrestling family led by his father Stu Hart, founder of Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling.
He said receiving the name was important since the Blackfoot had planned at one point to give the honour to his father before he died.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government needs to do a better job making sure First Nations have what they need to fight forest fires.
Trudeau acknowledges the gaps in resources for municipalities, which work with the province on wildfires, and First Nations, which fall under federal responsibility.
He says things have improved since devastating wildfires in B.C. last year, but more work needs to be done to ensure everyone is equally protected.
Trudeau is in central British Columbia meeting with those working to control some of the 563 wildfires that have charred more than 6,000-square-kilometres of the province.
The wildfire danger map posted by the BC Wildfire Service shows a danger rating of extreme or high across most of the province and thousands are on evacuation alert or have already fled their homes.
The federal government has reached a financial settlement with two of four Indigenous men from northern Manitoba who were switched at birth and only found out about the mixup 40 years later.
Neither Ottawa or the lawyer for the men would reveal how much the settlement was for.
Two men from the fly in community of Garden Hill First Nation north of Winnipeg, revealed in November 2015 that DNA tests proved they were switched at birth at the Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975.
Later DNA tests showed another two men were also switched at birth at the same hospital earlier that year.
The men expressed anger and sorrow at having lived much of their lives under the wrong identities and not with their birth parents.
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