Jukasa News Update – Monday, July 12, 2021
A retired judge has determined that further investigation is needed in the case of two Vancouver police officers and their alleged treatment of an Indigenous man while he was trying to open a bank account for his granddaughter at the Bank of Montreal in 2019.
Victoria Police carried out an initial investigation into the officers conduct and determined no disciplinary action was needed.
But the police complaints commissioner concluded there “was a reasonable basis” the decision was wrong and appointed a retired judge to independently review the case.
Retired justice Brian Neal says the case will proceed to a disciplinary process, which could lead to a future proceeding where the officers face questioning and witnesses are called.
Indigenous leaders in the area say they are pleased with the latest development but want recognition of the systemic discrimination they say occurred.
Indigenous leaders from across southern Vancouver Island called for an end to recent incidents of violence and vandalism, including the destruction of a statue, the burning of a totem pole and online threats and abuse.
The leaders of nine Victoria-area First Nations signed a document Friday saying such acts are not supported by Indigenous communities and must stop.
The ceremony, which included a welcome song and traditional dancers, concluded with the almost two dozen Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders at the meeting each taking the chance to address the gathering with pledges to build understanding and respect.
The statement says the acts of violence inflame the situation, fueling hate and inhibit the needed healing while perpetuating hate and divide.
A Canada Day crowd watched as the statue of Capt. James Cook was pulled from its pedestal near Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the head was torn off and the remains were tossed in the water.
A Malahat Nation totem pole was damaged in apparent retaliation and the document signed by the leaders said damaging property is not acceptable and must stop to prevent more destruction.
RoseAnne Archibald of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation in Ontario has become the first woman to serve as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
The AFN represents 634 First Nations with 900,000 members.
Archibald previously served as regional chief for Ontario and has been involved in First Nations politics for 31 years. She was the first woman and youngest chief elected to represent her home nation at 23 and went on to become the first woman and youngest deputy Grand Chief for Nishnawbe-Aski Nation in Ontario.
She campaigned on a platform to build a solid post-pandemic recovery plan for First Nations, to increase the involvement of women, youth and LGBTQ and two-sprit peoples in the AFN’s political processes, and to support and co-ordinate community-driven solutions to move First Nations beyond reliance on federal dollars toward economic self-sufficiency.
The federal government says it’s helping to evacuate residents of Poplar Hill First Nation in northern Ontario, which is under an “imminent” wildfire threat.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the community requested assistance, and the Canadian Armed Forces will evacuate residents by air.
The City of Thunder Bay says it will host as many as 300 people from the community.
The city says in a news release that the fire known as Red Lake 65 is burning 10 kilometres west of the community in northwestern Ontario.
It says the remaining residents of Poplar Hill First Nation will be hosted in other northern Ontario communities.
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources says Red Lake 65 covers about 40 square kilometres, and is burning out of control.
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