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Jukasa News Update – Monday, December 10, 2018


A coroner’s inquest jury has been unable to determine if the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man by RCMP was a homicide or a suicide.
Brydon Whitstone was killed in October 2017 after crashing through two police cars following a pursuit.
Coroner Robert Kennedy had asked the jury to decide whether Whitstone’s death was a homicide, a suicide or couldn’t be determined.
The inquest heard Whitstone had both meth and alcohol in his body at the time of his death and had told his passenger he wanted to die.
The jury suggested that similar deaths could be prevented if RCMP officers used stun guns to immobilize a suspect rather than using a firearm.
Whitstone’s mother, Dorothy Laboucane, says she is disappointed and the outcome won’t bring back her son.

Canada’s justice minister is instructing federal prosecutors in the North that they should no longer prosecute anyone for not disclosing their HIV status to a sex partner where there is no risk of transmitting the virus.
The new rules coming into effect Saturday won’t transfer over to provinces _ only in the territories where federal prosecutors have jurisdiction.
The wording of the directive says there is no public interest in pursuing HIV non-disclosure prosecutions for conduct that medical science shows does not pose a risk of serious harm to others.

Fifteen tribal nations in southeast Alaska have petitioned an international commission for human rights for help in influencing the Canadian government to take action against six mines in British Columbia.
The petition sent to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights claims the mines are likely to pollute rivers, threatening fish populations essential to maintaining life in the tribes.
They claim that failing to prevent pollution in Alaska watersheds could constitute a violation of indigenous people’s rights. The petition also claims Canada did not consult with or seek consent from the tribes during the permitting and approval process of the mines.

The UN Committee Against Torture says it’s concerned about “extensive forced or coerced sterilization” of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
The committee says Canada must ensure all allegations are impartially investigated and that those responsible are held accountable.
It also says the state needs to take legislative and policy measures to stop women from being sterilized against their will.
A proposed class-action lawsuit is also underway listing the Saskatoon Health Authority, the provincial government, the federal government and a handful of medical professionals as defendants.

The Nova Scotia RCMP say they are looking for answers in the death of a 22-year-old woman on the We’koqma’q First Nation, but warn such investigations take time.
Cassidy Bernard was found dead Oct. 24 in a home, her infant twins unharmed nearby.
Police say they don’t believe the woman’s death was a random act and continue to ask the public to come forward with any information.
Hundreds of marchers blocked the Canso causeway connecting Cape Breton to mainland Nova Scotia just over two weeks ago to raise awareness about Cassidy’s death.
The band council is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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