Jukasa News Update Friday, March 17, 2017
Man arrested after police chase
Police arrested a 23 year old Six Nations man after a chase involving a stolen car Wednesday that evolved into an armed standoff.
A 2013 Dodge Dart previously reported stolen was spotted travelling on Third Line Wednesday afternoon.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver fled. Police followed the vehicle to a Mohawk Road address. The driver ran into the house and locked himself inside.
OPP were called in to assist Six Nations police and the area was blocked to traffic.
Police said OPP Tactical Response Team members entered the residence at 1am Thursday morning and found the suspect hiding in the attic. Police arrested 23 year old Forrest Whitlow of Ohsweken.
No other people were present inside the home. Whitlow was held for a bail hearing.
Public wants Senator to resign after racist comments
The chairwoman of the Senate committee on aboriginal people is asking a Conservative senator to rethink her place on the committee after she said there were positive aspects to Canada’s residential school system.
Conservative Lynn Beyak made the comments last week in the upper chamber, saying that the government-funded, church-operated schools where indigenous children endured widespread sexual and physical abuse were not all bad.
Committee chairwoman Lillian Eva Dyck says her office has been inundated with phone calls and emails asking her to remove Beyak from the committee.
In a statement Thursday, Dyck says Beyak’s comments may have tarnished the committee’s reputation and that her opinions may negatively impact the future work of the committee.
Basic income pilot project to start soon
Ontario says they are moving forward with a pilot project to deliver a guaranteed basic income to provincial residents between the ages of 18-64.
The test project will be a monthly payment to eligible families or individuals to ensure people can meet their basic needs and support long term economic prosperity for the whole province.
Over 35,000 people gave the government feedback on how the project should be run — including unique consultations with the First Nations, urban indigenous, Metis and Inuit populations.
Similar pilot projects have been launched in the Netherlands and Kenya.
Ontario’s test project is set to launch this spring.
AFN holding ceremonies for youth
The AFN is hosting ceremonial gatherings across Canada today, asking for a wave of national healing to the youth suicide crisis among indigenous people.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde will honour the National Circle of Ceremony and Healing for our Spirits at a pipe ceremony and traditional feast in Fort Qu’Appelle.
Ceremonial fires have been lit on Victoria Island and will burn throughout the day. The AFN is inviting people across the country to mark the day with prayer or other offerings consistent with their beliefs.
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