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Jukasa News Update Monday, February 6, 2017


National holiday change for US Indigenous in Alaska
Lawmakers in Alaska want to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day
Democratic Senator Dean Westlake proposed House Bill 78 which passed 31-7 and now travels to the Senate.
Columbus Day is a federal holiday celebrated in the US on October 18th.
Alaska is one of four states this year proposing to change the name of the day from Columbus Day to a national day of recognition for the country’s indigenous people.

Ottawa working on Metis relationship
Ottawa has signed a memorandum with the Metis Nation of Ontario towards Metis self governance.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, provincial indigenous minister David Zimmer and officials from the Metis Nation signed the agreement in Toronto Friday.
The move will work towards the MNO advancing their indigenous rights, Metis governance and the settling of various claims against Canada.
President of the Metis Nation of Ontario called the step the beginnings of a nation to nation relationship between the Metis and Canada.

Northern Cree excited for Grammy nomination
Indigenous drum group Northern Cree are headed to the Grammy’s again.
The crew’s latest album, “It’s a Cree Thing” is nominated for best regional roots music album.
The entire group will be attending and performing at a Grammy’s ceremony on February 12th.

Dog dragged from car, two charged
Two people from Fort Erie are charged after a dog was dragged by their car for almost a kilometre.
Niagara Region Police say a small daschund beagle mix was dragged about 800 meters while his leash was attached to the car’s door before the couple hit another vehicle.
The dog suffered traumatic injuries but is expected to recover.
The pair are charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a dog and causing injury by wilful neglect to a dog and are set to face those charges in court next month.

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