Jukasa News Update – Monday, August 17, 2020
An Ontario First Nation is turning to a drone delivery company for contact-free shipments of protective equipment and testing supplies in an effort to bolster enhanced protections against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Drone Delivery Canada, a company based in Vaughan, Ont., will initially make small shipments of roughly 4.5 kilograms at a time to Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe during a pilot project funded by the federal government.
The company also has the ability to send packages of about 180 kilograms in larger unmanned aircraft if needed.
William McCue, a councillor with the First Nation, says their community has upheld lockdown rules for longer than the rest of the province, and the use of drones will help supplies continue to roll in while people stay isolated.
Five British Columbia First Nations are challenging a federal decision on salmon fishing in their territories this year, and they are accusing federal fisheries officials of systemic racism in the way they have been treated.
The five Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations are upset that Ottawa decided to give a surplus allocation of salmon _ which arose this year due to reduced recreational fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic _ to commercial fishers rather than to the First Nations fishers.
Clifford Atleo, lead negotiator for one of the nations who is also called Wickaninnish, says he feels sports and industrial troll fishers are given more rights to fish in the waters off the west coast of Vancouver.
He says the latest decision to shut First Nations fishers out of an opportunity to catch more Chinook salmon this year shows systemic racism is “alive and well” within the federal fisheries department.
The longtime leader of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake who played a prominent role in the 1990 Oka crisis and rail blockades earlier this year has died.
The council says Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton suffered a fall at his home Friday and died later in hospital surrounded by his family.
He was 70.
The council says his death came as a shock to his fellow council chiefs and the community.
Norton was first elected to office in 1978 and was elected as Grand Chief in 1982, serving for 13 consecutive terms.
The council says he was known across North America as a fierce defender of Mohawk rights.
Health Canada is warning people to do more to keep edible pot products out of the hands of kids, as multiple children ended up in the hospital after eating them.
A department official said Thursday that since October 2018, when the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Canada, at least 15 children under the age of 12 have had serious adverse reactions after consuming food or drinks containing marijuana.
Serious adverse reactions include hospitalization, incapacitation or death, though the department does not report any deaths associated with the issue.
In many cases the children accidentally ate illegal edibles that looked like regular candy or other foods and were stored in places kids could easily access, like refrigerators and freezers.
It is warning people not to store cannabis products where children can find them, and to buy only legal products that are required to have child-resistant and plain packaging that does not appeal to youngsters.
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