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Jukasa News Update Monday, January 20, 2020


Three Metis nations are asking Ottawa to negotiate directly with them on issues of self government and not through the Metis National Council.
The Metis Nation of Alberta, Ottawa and Saskatchewan are demanding more transparency and accountability from the Metis National Council.
The three councils signed self government agreements with Ottawa that recognize their jurisdiction.
Officials say the three nations will work with the Metis National Council until the federal government implements its 2020 budget.

A spring black bear hunt could soon be a permanent annual event in Ontario again, the provincial government suggested Friday as it launched a public consultation on the idea.
Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski described the move as a boon for the province’s economy and tourism sector.
Spring black bear hunts were cancelled in 1999 after public concern arose from bear cubs who were orphaned after their mothers were shot in the hunt.
In 2014, the Liberals partially reinstated the spring hunting season as a pilot project.
Members of the public can weigh in on the issue to the Environmental Registry of Ontario until February 18.

Research from three Ontario universities sheds new light on the risks associated with cannabis use during pregnancy.
The studies show even low doses of THC exposure during pregnancy restricts oxygen and nutrients from crossing through the placenta.
Health Canada has long warned against cannabis use during pregnancy, due to negative effects on fetal brain development and birth weight. But the reasoning behind those negative effects _ and a definitive link to THC _ were not understood until now.
Ssome American studies suggest as many as one in five pregnant women are using cannabis to treat things such as anxiety and nausea, believing that because it’s natural, it must be safe.
The new research shows THC exposure in the womb can result in smaller brains and livers in the fetus and lower birth weights.

A national organization representing Inuit women in Canada is calling for a radical shift in the way police work is done in the North in light of findings in a new report released Thursday that has uncovered “systemic racialized policing” in the Arctic.
The report says that interviews with about 45 Inuit women, and nearly as many service providers, revealed many women encounter such high rates of gender-based violence they have come to expect it in their lives.
The report also emphasizes the historical context of the gendered violence that has been experienced by Inuit women over many decades, arguing it has been perpetrated or exacerbated in many cases by RCMP officers.This echoes findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which was highly critical of the RCMP’s overall dealings with Indigenous peoples and communities.

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