Jukasa News Update Monday, April 3, 2017
Officials in BC say indigenous kids are being taken from their homes and placed in care because of provincial and federal underfunding.
The province’s rep for children and youth, Bernard Richard, released a report on the crisis this week and says indigenous children in BC are 17 times more likely to be in care compared to a non indigenous child.
Richard says the issue of overrepresentation of indigenous children in care is partly due to a confusing funding arrangement within the province – and problems with service provision for children in remote communities.
A serious crash on Six Nations Sunday evening has sent five people to hospital.
The accident happened at the intersection of Chiefswood Road and Second Line around 6pm Sunday night.
One child was airlifted to McMaster Children’s Hospital.
Officials for Ornge Airlift said four people in the vehicle were suffering critical injuries and were transported to other local hospitals by ambulance.
The AFN released a study this week, showing a majority of Canadians support legislation to preserve, protect and revitalize indigenous languages in Canada.
The study found nearly 75% of Canadians support the creation of an Indigenous Languages Act with the goal of ensuring language preservation.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Canada deliberately tried to eradicate indigenous languages through its residential school system — and says Canada must now undo the damage that was done.
Bellegarde says the languages are a national treasure and an essential element to indigenous self-determination.
It was a strong win for indigenous talent in Canada at the JUNO Awards Sunday night.
The awards were handed out at a televised ceremony in Ottawa.
A Tribe Called Red took home the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year award.
Alternative Album of the Year was awarded to Julytalk for their Jukasa engineered album Touch.
Gord Downie also took home JUNO recognition for his Secret Path project that documented the story of a Cree boy who ran away from one of Canada’s residential schools.
Northern Cree and Tanya Tagaaq also took home a prize for their work with Steve Wood and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for the score to the critically acclaimed truth and reconcilliation themed ballet Going Home Star.