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Jukasa News Update Friday, May 5, 2017


Chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority Evan Adams says First Nations patients are having disatrous experiences in the health care system because of systemic racism.
Adams says health care officials are turning a blind eye to the issue when confronted.
Adams says health care officials across Canada need better training on cultural safety and First Nations people.

Wilfrid Laurier University announced two indigenous women will be awarded honorary degrees.
CEO and president of Six Nations Polytechnic Rebecca Jamieson and Cree activist & actress Tina Keeper have both been named as two of this years four recipients.
The women will be presented with the honours at spring invocation ceremonies in June.

The Grand River Conservation Authority has issued a flood watch for the entire watershed.
Heavy rain combined with saturated grounds in the area have the potential to cause flooding.
The GRCA is reminding the public to exercise extreme caution around the riverbanks and waterways in the area — keeping pets and children safely away.

Ontario’s adviser on corrections reform called Thursday for an end to indefinite segregation of inmates in the province’s jails.
The investigator released a report with 63 recommendations that ranged from limiting the practice to 15 continuous days _ and no more than 60 days in a year.
He also recommends not isolation for protective custody purposes and for self-harming, suicidal and significantly mentally ill inmates.
Last year, more than 1,300 people spent 60 or more days in segregation, including five people who had been isolated for more than three years.
A 23-year-old Indigenous man in Thunder Bay made national headlines after jail officials revealed he’d been held in isolation for more than 1,500 days awaiting trial.

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