Jukasa News Update Monday April 16, 2018
Freezing rain and ice pellets caused havoc across Southern Ontario over the weekend.
Six Nations saw power outages and several business close on Highway 54 and portions of Fourth Line.
Six Nations Fire and Emergency services stayed on standby throughout the weekend.
The Grand River Conservation Authority put the entire watershed on a flood watch for the storm, and is expecting up to 90mm of rain through to Tuesday.
The province expanded areas in Brantford that can qualify for Disaster Recovery Assistance after this winter’s flooding of the Grand River.
Areas on the West Bank of the Grand south of Baldwin Avenue are now eligible for assistance.
Due to the expansion, Ontario says they are accepting applications for assistance through to August 10.
Individuals, small businesses and non profit organizations with losses or property damage can apply for financial help with emergency expenses they incurred from the flood.
Six Nations Police arrested a 16 year old youth and a 23 year old woman Thursday afternoon, after a stolen truck rammed into officers following a chase.
Police followed the stolen Chevy Silverado Truck through the territory into a playground at Mohawk Road and First Line.
The male driver rammed into the police vehicle three times attempting to escape.
Officers were able to enter the vehicle through the passenger door.
The 16 year old male driver and a 23 year old female passenger were arrested. Both are facing a number of charges including assault with a weapon, theft over $5000, possession of cannabis and dangerous driving.
They are both being held in custody.
The federal and Ontario governments are putting up $5 million each to establish 19 new mental wellness teams for First Nations communities.
The teams will be located across the province to ensure access by all of Ontario’s First Nations communities.
Federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, Ontario Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau and Assembly of First Nations Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day announced the initiative Wednesday.
A joint statement from all three said the initiative is meant to “bridge health inequities that persist between First Nations and other Ontario residents.”
A new report has found that too many black and Indigenous children in Ontario are taken into care, and is calling for urgent action to address the issue.
The report by the province’s human rights commission finds that black and Indigenous children are over-represented in the child-welfare system.
Chief commissioner Renu Mandhane calls the findings deeply concerning.
She says families and communities have been sounding the alarm about the disproportionate numbers of certain groups in the child-welfare system for years.
Mandhane is urging the Ontario government to develop a strategy to identify and address the issue.
A publisher has pulled a book of poems about missing and murdered Indigenous women from its collection following criticism that the author did not request the family’s permission to write about their loved one’s death in graphic detail.
Inuk writer and activist Delilah Saunders says she “was disturbed and very upset” by the imagery in Shannon Webb-Campbell’s “Who Took My Sister?”
Webb-Campbell did not reach out to the family for permission to write about her sister, Loretta Saunder’s death.
Book publishers Jay & Hazel Millar issued a statement saying they were unaware the author had not contacted the families of the women written about — and announcing that the book had been removed from public sale, distribution, and promotion.
The publishers said all revenue from sales of the book would be donated to the Loretta Saunders Scholarship Fund.
- Previous Jukasa News Update Monday, April 9, 2018
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