Jukasa News Update Friday, June 9, 2017
A state of emergency has been declared in Eabametoong First Nation following a fire near the community’s water purification plant’s reservoir.
The water supply in the community of 1,000 people has been contaminated due to the fire.
A boil water advisory is in effect.
The community has received 4,000 litres of water from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
The acting police chief of Thunder Bay, Ont., says she doesn’t believe it’s “practical or necessary” for RCMP to investigate the recent deaths of indigenous teens in the city.
Three First Nations chiefs called last week for the Mounties to intervene and also for increased oversight of the police services board in Thunder Bay.
They said the deaths of Tammy Keeash and Josiah Begg _ whose bodies were pulled from local waterways last month _ continue what they call an ongoing trend of indifference on the part of Thunder Bay police.
Ottawa is contributing 500,000 dollars toward a cultural expo focusing on reconciliation with indigenous people.
The event is planned by the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres as part of the city’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly says the event will bring all Canadians together to learn more about the rich heritage of Indigenous people across Canada.
Eleven students on Six Nations graduated this week from the very first Bachelor of Arts program in Ongwehonwe languages.
The degree program is offered by Six Nations Polytechnic in Mohawk and Cayuga.
This is the first standalone degree in history to be awarded by an indigenous institution.
The milestone was celebrated in a ceremony at Polytech Wednesday.