Jukasa News Update Friday, January 26, 2018
Six Nations Elected Council is seeking feedback from the community to develop new Summer Camp programs.
Band members are invited to fill out a survey detailing what kinds of camps they would like to see in the community for the coming years.
The survey can be completed online. Some of the options for camps listed include Traditional ceremonies, language, traditional dance, arts and drama and sports.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the survey can do so by heading online to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SNSummerCamps.
A Six Nations man was arrested earlier this week after sending threats to three women on social media.
Six Nations Police say 22 year old Andrew Martin sent threats and harassing Facebook and Instagram posts to three females — one as young as 14 years old.
Police say the messages were sexual in nature and that Martin was already under court order to not have any contact with one of the victims.
Martin was arrested on January 23 and held for a bail hearing.
Federal briefing documents on the new Indigenous Services Department say Indigenous people in Canada don’t live as long, are more likely to end up in the child welfare system and are less likely to graduate high school.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott is laying out the structure and goals of the new department this week.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in August he was splitting the Indigenous Affairs department in two with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs handling land claims and self-governance and Philpott’s new department taking over government programs on health, child welfare, education and infrastructure.
Former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman Murray Sinclair says it is critical for federal, territorial and provincial officials to get on with addressing the over-representation of Indigenous kids in the child welfare system and the devastating impacts associated with it.
Sinclair, now an independent member of the Senate, says there is an unmistakable connection between the number of Aboriginal children in care and those who end up in jail, noting the issue topped the TRC’s calls to action.
Sinclair says Ottawa appears prepared to take additional steps to confront systemic failures, such as allocating additional dollars in the upcoming federal budget, but that remains to be seen.
Six Nations own Child Welfare service is now officially up and running and fully designated with the province.
Elected Chief Ava Hill says the community welcomed the news on Thursday.
The community based agency will serve Ongwehonwe families with child protection services on Six Nations, the City of Brantford and Brant County.
The agency’s Director Crystal Doolittle says the Six Nations led child welfare system at Ogwadenideo upholds community values.
Director of Social Services Arliss Skye says the organization is looking forward to a community celebration in early March.
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