Jukasa News Update – Friday, May 1, 2020
The federal government will be under pressure today to explain what it’s doing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading like wildfire through First Nations reserves and remote Inuit communities in the North.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal are scheduled to be grilled by MPs at a virtual meeting of the House of Commons Indigenous and Northern Affairs committee.
Their appearance comes one day after Nunavut identified its first positive case of COVID-19 in the 1,600-strong, largely Inuit community of Pond Inlet on Baffin Island
Hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia say they will sign an agreement with the federal and provincial governments that affirms their title and rights.
At the centre of the dispute is Wet’suwet’en opposition to the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territory, which set off demonstrations and blockades that shut down large parts of the national economy in February.
A joint statement from the governments and Wet’suwet’en chiefs released Thursday says they remain committed to implementing the rights and title of the First Nation through the memorandum of understanding.
COVID-19 has now spread to every region in Canada, with Nunavut reporting its first case on Thursday, as Ontario reported its largest one-day climb in fatalities and the country’s budget officer predicted a flood of red ink.
The case in northern Nunavut was identified in the 1,600-strong largely Inuit community of Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said a rapid response team was on its way to the community to help manage the situation.
One Ontario college said Thursday it is “optimistic” students will be able to return to campus for classes in the fall.
Sheridan College said it is preparing to welcome students in September, but added it is also planning for the possibility that physical distancing measures meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus will remain in place.
Colleges and universities were forced to transfer all classes online in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many schools have said it’s still unclear what the fall semester will look like as the public health crisis changes daily.
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