Jukasa News Update Friday, March 3, 2017
Ontario making progress on ending violence toward indigenous women and girls
Ontario says they have hit key goals in combatting violence toward indigenous women and girls.
Provincially funded programs have spread across the province to help indigenous families overcome violence and heal.
Other projects include introducing anti-human trafficking legislation that would make it easier for survivors to seek justice and ensure personal safety.
The province says it will continue to work with indigenous partners to make progress in their strategy to end violence against indigenous women and girls.
Inuit housing crisis needs Ottawa funding
The Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples says the current housing crisis in Inuit territories will only get worse unless Ottawa makes some fast changes on how they fund housing in the north.
The agency says the federal government needs to make funds both more sustainable accessible in the north, where the cost of living and building are already high.
The report says up to 15 people are noted to be living in and sharing three bedroom units in many of the northern communities.
Overcrowding is noted to increase the risk of domestic violence and health risks including the current tuberculosis outbreaks.
Ontario to lead out on resolving mercury contamination on reserve
Ontario’s Health Minister Jane Phillpot says Ontario will take the lead in resolving a mercury contamination at Grassy Narrows First Nation.
The community’s chief met with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett about the long standing issue this week and says he’s just waiting for a firm commitment from Ottawa officials.
Philpott says the Liberal government is working with Ontario to support community research and surveillance to examine health issues that may have arisen from mercury.
High speed chase in Ohsweken
Six Nations Police entered a high speed chase through the village of Ohsweken Tuesday.
The vehicle being pursued took some dangerous turns after police saw the vehicle connected to a wanted person with outstanding arrest warrants.
The driver drove onto Bicentennial Trail, over the curb and into Iroquois Plaza and then across the lawns of the health centre, retirement home and medical clinic.
Police said they tried to stop the driver without engaging in a chase in the interest of public safety.
The car fled the scene and was found minutes later engulfed in flames at the site of another vehicle theft in Brant County.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Six Nations Police.