Jukasa News Update Monday, July 3, 2017
The executive director for Canada’s national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women has resigned.
Michele Moreau says she resigned for personal reasons.
That resignation takes effect on July 21.
Moreau said in a statement it is with mixed emotions that she is departing and says she wishes the team great courage to bring the national inquiry where it needs to go in order to change Canadian society for the better.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Friday with indigenous activists who set up a demonstration teepee on Parliament Hill ahead of Canada Day celebrations.
The Bawaating Water Protectors from Sault Ste. Marie arrived Wednesday night to erect the teepee and engage in four days of what they called a “reoccupation” to draw attention to the history of Indigenous People in Canada during 150th birthday celebrations this weekend.
The prime minister stopped by while he was on Parliament Hill for rehearsals
Trudeau along with his wife spent about 30 minutes inside, meeting with four people from the water protectors group.
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said Friday the government was respecting the group’s right to protest peacefully.
Idle No More protesters staged a blockade on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Winnipeg on Friday afternoon to draw attention to the suicide crisis among indigenous youth.
A peaceful protest commenced, with participants asking drivers to slow down and hear their message.
They were also asked to sign a petition calling on the federal government to increase the availability of health services on First Nations.
Vin Clarke, of the Urban Warrior Alliance, said they wanted to bring awareness to the suicide crisis, to living conditions on First Nations, to the impact of colonization, and to the loss of culture.
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie says Canada’s young indigenous people are still suffering the same kind of pain young people suffered in the now defunct residential schools.
Downie made a rare public appearance on Parliament Hill Sunday at festivities surrounding We Day, the movement started by children’s rights activist Craig Kielburger.
Downie told the crowd that young aboriginal children in parts of the Canada still must travel great distances to go to school.
He told young people gathered at We Day that they can learn a lot about the history of church-run residential schools, where children suffered emotional and physical abuse.
The Alberta Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in the case of an Ontario trucker who was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of an indigenous woman.
A jury previously found Bradley Barton not guilty in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue.
Gladue was a sex-trade worker whose body was found in a bathtub in an Edmonton motel room.
She bled to death after a night of what Barton called consensual, rough sex.
The Court of Appeal says there were serious legal errors during the trial, including how the judge charged the jury about Barton’s conduct and on the law of sexual assault relating to consent.
The appeal panel says these errors negatively compromised the jury’s ability to properly assess the evidence and apply the law correctly.