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Jukasa News Update – Monday, June 1, 2020


Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa won’t dictate terms to First Nations on holding ceremonies and powwows during a pandemic.
Minister Marc Miller told press that respecting choices of First Nations communities is a part of respecting communities rights to self-determination, even when you don’t agree with them.
Cornell McLean, chief of the Lake Manitoba First Nation, said that after careful consideration it was decided that the community’s traditional powwow would go ahead in June. The chief said it would help bring healing to the community, about 160 kilometres north of Winnipeg, where people have been struggling under strict rules put in place by community leadership two months ago due to COVID-19.
McLean noted the federal government made it clear that Indigenous ceremonies won’t be stopped during the pandemic after RCMP were dispatched to a sun-dance ceremony in Saskatchewan earlier this month.

The federal government has announced the details of $650 million in additional funding to help Indigenous communities cope with the pandemic, after months of First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders saying the previous amount was inadequate.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says $285 million of this will support rapid public health responses in Indigenous communities when faced with an outbreak of COVID-19.
Some of the newly announced funding has gone to securing emergency contracts with nurses and paramedics in preparation for a sudden outbreak. It has also been spent on personal protective equipment for essential community workers in First Nations who do not qualify to receive it from other stockpiles because they are not health workers.

Thousands of people rallied in downtown Toronto on Saturday in protest of what organizers describe as anti-black and anti- Indigenous racism around the world.
The protest comes on the heels of high-profile, police-involved deaths in both Canada and the United States. Some of the ensuing protests in the U.S., turned violent.
In Toronto, people chanted “not another black life,” “abolish the police,” and “no justice, no peace.”
A heavy police presence followed the rally.

Hamilton police say they’re investigating after a man was shot to death Saturday night.
Police say they responded to the incident just before 11 p.m., ET when they found the man on the ground at a parking lot outside an apartment complex.
They say he was rushed to hospital where he eventually died of his injuries.
Police say they’ve notified the family of the deceased, but said the family wants more time to tell others before the man’s identity is released.
They say they don’t yet have a suspect description.

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