Jukasa News Update Monday, June 19, 2017
Nearly 4000 residents of four Manitoba First Nations displaced by flooding in 2011 have settled a 90 million dollar class-action lawsuit with the province and federal government.
The flooding forced several thousand residents out from Lake St. Martin, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan and Pinaymootang First Nations.
The lawsuit alleged the province “knowingly and recklessly” caused the disaster in their communities by diverting too much floodwater into Lake Manitoba.
Just over 1,000 residents from Lake St. Martin First Nation are still out of their homes waiting for the reserve to be relocated and rebuilt.
A New Brunswick First Nation is seeking an apology after a doctor’s office posted a note asking native patients not to request tranquilizers or pain medications.
Social worker Maxine Ginnish, who is employed at The Rising Sun Healing Centre in Eel Ground First Nation, took a photograph of the handwritten note and distributed it on her social media.
Ginnish says the note was taped to the reception desk at the Miramichi office of Dr. Allister Carter.
Ginnish said the note is inappropriate and stigmatizes the First Nations community.
The Eel Ground Mi’kmaq community in northern New Brunswick is asking for a formal apology from the doctor.
A Polynesian traditional voyaging canoe has completed a three year journey around the world.
Nearly a dozen crew members relied only on their traditional knowledge for each part of the voyage – using the stars and their surroundings to said about 74,000 kilometres to over 19 countries.
Thousands were in Oahu Saturday to welcome the ship and it’s crew home.
NDP leadership hopeful Charlie Angus says he promises to protect the interests of indigenous children – and wants to dismantle the Department of Indigenous Affairs.
The former Indian Affairs critic says he will establish an ombudsman for indigenous children to implement policy changes.
Angus also says he will audit the Indigenous Affairs Department and Health Canada in order to dismantle funding discrepancies – and will allot programs and funding instead directly to indigenous communities.
Angus is one of five candidates running to replace NDP leader Tom Mulcair in October.