Jukasa News Update Monday, February 12, 2018
Outrage following acquittal of Gerald Stanley in Boushie death
TORONTO – Indigenous people across the country continue to be outraged after a Saskatchewan jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty on all charges in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.
The 56 year old farmer says his gun fired accidentally causing Boushie to be shot in the back of the head when he came to Stanley’s farm in the summer of 2016.
Thousands of people from across the country rallied in Canada’s major cities on Saturday to oppose the ruling.
Boushie’s family and lawyer say they will appeal the ruling.
Three youth die from flu virus
TORONTO – Three southern Ontario children have died after being infected with the flu virus.
A ten year old Waterdown boy and two elementary school students from Guelph have died since Jan 31.
According to Public Health Ontario two strains of influenza A & B have combined in Southern Ontario’s flu season complicating this year’s outbreak.
The province says although the flu is now widespread across the province – official numbers are not as high as the pandemic sweeping the United States. And that most of the recorded deaths from this year’s flu viruses have been in those age 65 or older.
‘North of 60’ actress dies
OHSWEKEN – A Six Nations actress known for her role on the popular TV series North of 60 has passed.
Tina Louise Bomberry, Mohawk Bear Clan of Six Nations, passed this weekend. No details are currently available on the circumstances surrounding her death.
Bomberry played the beloved character Rosie Deela in the series for it’s entire six season run and in it’s three made for TV movies. North of 60 aired on CBC from 1992-1997.
Bomberry had an extensive career for over thirty years as an actress in theatre, television, cinema and radio. She was trained at the Center for Indigenous Theatre and Ryerson University.
She was previously in a serious car accident in 2015 from which she recovered.
Condolences to her family at this time.
Teen from Six Nations named World Hoop Dance Champion
PHOENIX, AZ – Six Nations Hoop Dancer Ascension Harjo was named world champion in the teen’s category at this weekends World Hoop Dance Championships.
The competition is held yearly at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Hoop dancers from across all of North America travel to the competition for the coveted title of World Champion in their age category.
Ascension is 16 years old from the Mohawk, Kickapoo and Seminole nations. This is his second year competing in the world championships. In 2015, Ascension placed second just a few points shy of getting the championship title.
Winners in the other categories were Youth (6-12) – Kailayne Jensen, Adults (18-39) – Nakotah LaRance and Senior (40+) – Lane Jensen.
Next year’s contest will be held at the Heard Museum February 9 & 10, 2019 for the 29th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition.
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