Jukasa News Update Friday, December 30, 2016
BC Museum will publish stories behind indigenous artifacts
The Royal BC Museum in Victoria is looking for the stories of indigenous people related to collections in the museum to publish in an upcoming magazine.
Indigenous artist Francine Cunningham says many of the museums collections have family connections for First Nations people. She says the stories behind the artifacts give context to the indigenous experience of visiting museums.
The museum is taking submissions until January 15th.
Governor General to be replaced in 2017
Governor General David Johnston is marking 2017 by urging Canadians to make 2017 a legacy year.
Johnston said Canada’s 150th year is a once in a generation opportunity to look to the future and make it better.
Governor Johnston’s term is complete in September. It is not clear who will replace him. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says diversity and minority representation will be included in potential candidates for the next person to hold the position.
Seniors eligible for free shingles vaccine
Ontario seniors 65 and older will be eligible to get the shingles vaccine free of charge starting January 1st.
The program will save the province’s seniors the $170 fee for the shots.
Seniors aged 65 to 70 can get the vaccine from their doctor or nurse practitioner. Shingles affects more than 42,000 people every year in Ontario. The painful rash can last a month or more and is often severe enough to interfere with daily activities.
Complications from the virus can lead to serious health problems such as loss of vision and prolonged nerve pain.
Oneida Chief says London CAS lied to investigate family after house fire
The Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex is under scrutiny after a representative gave false information to OPP following a tragic house fire on Oneida Nation of the Thames that claimed the lives of five people.
Oneida Elected Chief Randall Phillips said CAS workers lied to OPP, saying CAS had acquired permission and direction from the elected council to proceed with an investigation.
Phillips expressed his frustration, saying there is no excuse for the level of incompetency and insensitivity by the CAS and its staff during a time of extreme tragedy and sorrow for the community.
The chief says this is not the first time local CAS has overstepped their boundaries with Oneida’s families and says the surviving family members in this situation deserve a public apology from Children’s Aid.
- Previous Jukasa News Update Thursday, December 29, 2016
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