Jukasa News Update Friday, March 23, 2018
The National Film Board of Canada has launched Indigenous Cinema, a website that offers free streaming of more than 200 titles by Indigenous directors.
The website is part of the NFB’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan and will also feature playlists and filmmaker biographies.
Other commitments in the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan include efforts to achieve workforce equity, cultural-competency training for all staff, and allocating a minimum of 15 per cent of its overall production spending to Indigenous-directed projects.
A major clash between the authority of a sovereign Indian nation and non- native officials is shaping up in Florida, where a baby just born in a Miami hospital was taken from her parents, a Miccosukee mother and a white father.
Two days after the girl was born, tribal detectives accompanied by Miami-Dade police removed the child at Baptist Hospital in Kendall, which is outside the tribe’s reservation in the Everglades.
The Miami Herald reports that Miccosukee police had a tribal court order to take Ingrid Ronan Johnson from her parents, Rebecca Sanders and Justin Johnson.
The girl’s parents are complaining to police, prosecutors and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying the tribal order was concocted by the baby’s grandmother, Betty Osceola to keep the baby’s father out of the girl’s life.
Officials are calling for an end to exploitative research based that ignores the well-being of Indigenous people in the North.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami says researchers should be partnering with Inuit projects that better reflect the needs and priorities of northern peoples.
The strategy acknowledges the racism and exclusion that began with the first scientific investigations in the North, which viewed Inuit as bystanders or research subjects and centred around priorities that were set by outsiders.
ITK head Natan Obed says meaningful partnerships have begun between Inuit and outside institutions, but that a formal, co-ordinated research strategy will lead to increased collaboration and encourage more Inuit-led investigations.
Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the Inuit must have a strong say in the policies and the research that takes place in the North.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it is adding two new areas to its collection of protected lands in Ontario.
The non-profit group says it has purchased more than 60 hectares of land on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula, and will turn it into a pair of conservation areas.
Nature Conservancy of Canada vice-president Wendy Cridland says it is critical to conserve these lands near Georgian Bay, not only for the plant and animal species that live there, but for the benefit of future generations.