Jukasa News Update – Friday, September 6, 2019
urricane Dorian disaster by sending half a million dollars worth of immediate relief directly to Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands in The Bahamas.
Six Nations businessmen Ken Hill says the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation and Grand River Enterprises — along with donations from about 45 local businesses and families responded to the tragedy — bringing together about $500,000 in supplies directly to the heart of the disaster zones.
The devastation Hurricane Dorian left in The Bahamas is catastrophic. The death toll now sits at 30 and officials say that number is expected to rise.
Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation’s Chairperson Delby Powless said the relief effort was close to his heart — and that the foundation was eager to launch an indigenous effort to help other indigenous Bahamians in need.
CannTrust says it is laying off 180 people after the company faced regulatory problems due to unauthorized grow rooms at it’s greenhouse in Pelham.
The layoffs amount to about 20 per cent of the company’s workforce.
Earlier this week, the Ontario government’s cannabis retailer said it would return almost $3 million worth of cannabis to the company after determining that some of the products didn’t live up to the terms of its supply agreement.
The move by the province’s crown corporation in charge of wholesale distribution and online pot retail was the latest setback for the cannabis producer, which continues to be under investigation by Health Canada.
The federal and provincial governments along with the First Nations Summit have reached an agreement on a new policy approach that could accelerate the treaty-making process in British Columbia.
Treaty negotiations in B.C. have been plodding along since the early 1990s, with 11 agreements reached and another 28 in advanced negotiation stages.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the changes mean First Nations will no longer have to give up their rights to self-government and negotiators will automatically recognize those rights.
Bennett says that change _ along with the federal government’s move to forgive or reimburse First Nations about $1.4 billion in legal costs _ may convince other Indigenous groups to come to the negotiating table.
The summit represents 65 First Nations involved in the treaty process, which is about half of all Indian Act bands in the province.
Canadian musician Robbie Robertson now has the key to Toronto.
Robertson accepted a golden key to the City Thursday ahead of the premiere of a documentary celebrating his career.
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band screened as the kickoff event for the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday.
Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill was invited to the premiere and gave opening statements for the festival and the documentary.
“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday.
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