Jukasa News Update Monday, January 16, 2016
Amber Alert in effect for missing teen
An Amber Alert is in effect after police say a teen girl was abducted in Missisauga.
Alyssa LANGILLE and is described as female, white, 15 yrs, 5 foot 2 inches, blonde hair, blue eyes. She was wearing a grey sweater, grey sweatpants, and black and red “Air Jordan” running shoes.
The suspect is described as 24 yr old male, 6 foot 2 inches, slim build, brown eyes and brown skin. He was wearing a green long sleeve shirt, grey vest, and orange turban. And was driving a silver or grey mini- van. The vehicle was last seen travelling southbound on Saint Barbara Blvd in Mississauga at 1:25 pm Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Peel Regional Police.
Boyden’s statement on identity “too vague”
Scholars say Joseph Boyden’s recent public statement on his identity is too vague.
The author’s claims of indigenous heritage were challenged during a recent APTN investigation which revealed no documentation to support Boyden’s claims.
On Wednesday Boyden released a statement describing himself as a white kid from Willowdale with native roots.
However indigenous studies professor Adam Gaudry from the University of Alberta say Boyden has not been specific about those roots.
Gaudry says Boyden’s previously released conflicting statements about his identity, his own ambiguity and the APTN investigation seem to reveal he doesn’t actually have indigenous ancestry.
Woman faces six new charges in murder case of senior citizens in care
A former Ontario nurse charged in the killings of eight senior patients was in court Friday and faces six new charges.
49 year old Elizabeth Wettlaufer now faces 14 charges including eight counts of first degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two count of aggravated assault spanning a ten year period.
Court documents allege the accused injected the six new victims with insulin.
One of the victims, Sandra Towler, was a resident of Telfer Place in Brantford at the time of the attack.
Towler worked for decades as an elementary school teacher on Six Nations of the Grand River.
Quebec coroner links suicides to reserve life
A Quebec coroner’s report says five suicides that occurred in two indigenous communities in 2015 were avoidable and connected to apartheid like conditions of the reserve system.
The report says while the cases of the five had different stories, all suffered the common experience of unhappiness he says is linked to reserve life.
The victims ranged in age from 18 to 46 and took their lives between February and October of 2015 on reserves in the province’s remote north.
The report says the five exhibited at least one of the risk factors associated with suicide, and calls for an improvement to on reserve living conditions.
On reserve suicide rates are double that of the general Canadian population.
Officials want indigneous help with preventing oil spills
Alberta ecologists are calling for a feasibility study to involve indigenous people in the monitoring of oil pipelines.
The study is seeking to review existing industry practices and training programs to develop a new standard of pipeline monitoring.
Officials say the value of indigenous knowledge and people who are already familiar with the land and it’s systems could contribute to reducing response times in the event of a pipeline leak.
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