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Jukasa News Update – Monday, January 4, 2021


A former residential school in BC is set to be demolished this spring. After 45 years of lobbying the BC provincial government, Dayle Dena Council and the federal government came to an agreement to see the former Lower Post residential school building and to build a new administrative facility for the nation.
The building now houses a post office, employment centre and band office for the Dayle Dena Council.
The Lower Post residential school sits on the border of BC and the Yukon. The school operated from 1951 through to 1975.

There are 8 new active cases of COVID-19 on Six Nations. The numbers were released early Monday morning. Six new positive cases were confirmed over the weekend. The community sits at the red alert level alerting residents that community transmissions are widespread, prohibiting private gatherings and informing the community that local health officials and emergency responders have reached their capacity.
To date there have been 113 cases of COVI-19 confirmed on Six Nations, 104 of those cases have resolved. One person has died.

Australia has changed one word in its national anthem to reflect what the prime minister called “the spirit of unity” and the country’s Indigenous population.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on New Year’s Eve announced that the second line of the anthem, Advance Australia Fair, has been changed from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free.”
The change took effect Friday.
Indigenous officials criticized the lack of consultation with Indigenous people about the change, saying it was done without the consultation of Austrailias indigenous people.
Last month, Australia’s national rugby team, the Wallabies, became the first sporting team to sing the anthem in an Indigenous language before their match against Argentina.

A third of Ontario’s long-term care homes are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, marking a new record for the province, as advocates say spread among staff has forced some facilities to seek new sources of support to care for residents.
207 of the 626 long-term care homes in Ontario are currently experiencing outbreaks of the virus, including 19 new ones reported Sunday.
There are 1,140 COVID-19 cases among long-term care residents and 1,130 infections among staff. More than half of the 207 facilities with outbreaks have no resident cases, Caputo said.

Students across Ontario will return to the virtual classroom today as part of a provincewide lockdown.
The measure ends for all students in northern Ontario and elementary students in southern Ontario after the first week back from winter break.
High schoolers in southern Ontario will continue online learning until Jan. 25.
The move is part of a provincial lockdown that began on Boxing Day and is set to last until Jan. 9 in northern Ontario and Jan. 23 in southern Ontario.
The province logged 3,363 new cases on Saturday, up from Thursday’s record of 3,328.
Yesterday, it recorded 2,964 new cases and 25 deaths.

Federal officials say that there have been a total of 601,663 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada.
The new numbers include 80,822 active cases, 504,976 resolved and 15,865 deaths. The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers.
Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 48,389 new cases. To date there have been 14,041,448 tests completed.

A non-profit that represents health-care professionals and patients called Friday for military intervention to help control outbreaks of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care homes.
As of Thursday — the most recently available data — the province was reporting 1,235 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 337 in ICU. The same day, the province said there were 187 long-term care homes experiencing active outbreaks of COVID-19.
When the military was deployed to seven long-term care homes in the first wave of the pandemic, it came out with a damning report that included accounts of aggressive feeding that caused choking, bleeding infections and residents crying for help for hours.
The report spurred the province to launch an independent commission examining the disproportionate spread of the novel coronavirus within the facilities.

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