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Jukasa News Update – Friday, November 20, 2020


A new work of fiction is available centring around the world of lacrosse.
Delby Powless of Six Nations wrote and published the new work — titled ‘Medicine Game’ — It looks at the fictional reserve of Sparrow Lake and the story of Tommy Henry, who struggles with alcoholism and violence — ultimately finding a pathway to healing.
Powless is a Mohawk man from Six Nations and former professional lacrosse player — formerly with the Buffalo Bandits and Iroquois Nationals.

A First Nation in northern Ontario has had its boil water advisory rescinded.
Mishkeegogamang First Nation had its boil water advisory issued in June 2019.
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation announced the advisory has been lifted.
The Indigenous-led corporation has partnered with 22 First Nations communities across Ontario, including Mishkeegogamang, to help train and support water treatment operators.
The corporation partners with tribal chiefs and councils in First Nations to improve their community’s water treatment capabilities.

A commissioner who served on the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says top-down attitudes and the centralized structure of the RCMP are leading to racist practices against Indigenous people in Canada.
Michele Audette said there is goodwill from some within the RCMP, but the organization exhibits systemic racism that she has been denouncing for a long time.
She said there should be Indigenous oversight of the RCMP through a civilian body that can listen to complaints and be trusted by the people who make them.

Ontario’s government says public health orders currently in effect across the province will remain in place until Dec. 21.
Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says extending the orders will ensure the province can address the health crisis and deliver critical services such as health care.
The government is also expected to release new public health measures today to fight the surging spread of COVID-19 in hot spot regions.
The province’s associate medical officer of health said Thursday that 80 per cent of the new cases in Ontario are from the hot spot regions which are currently in the red restriction zone.
On Thursday, Ontario reported 1,210 new cases of and 28 new deaths due to the virus. There are 150 COVID-19 patients in its intensive care units.

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