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Jukasa News Update – Monday, June 29, 2020


The Manitoba Metis Federation’s president says the province has left vulnerable foster children out of pandemic response plans.
The province’s block funding model was issued on a three year term this March with no emergency increase for coronavirus protections. That is forcing agencies to cut programs for the 1200 children they care for — or fall into a deficit.
There was no increase in funding for child and family services authorities across the board in Manitoba’s 2020 budget released in March. There are about 10,000 children in care in Manitoba. About 90 per cent are Indigenous.

The new reconciliation librarian at the University of Victoria says he hopes his unique role will help Canadians better understand Indigenous culture and what they have faced through history.
Ry Moran, a member of the Red River Metis and founding director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, will be joining the University of Victoria this fall.
His new role as an associate university librarian for reconciliation will involve collecting and showcasing Indigenous history as well as promoting reconciliation within university departments and courses.
University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels said Moran’s position is the first of its kind in the country.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the Liberal government will work on a law to ensure First Nations have the policing services they need and deserve.
Now indigenous leaders are questioning why this work has seemingly just started.
The Liberals promised to take action on First Nations policing over six months ago, first in the mandate letter Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued to Blair in December and again in response to Indigenous protests against the Coastal GasLink project in northern B.C.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said this work is long overdue.
He and Indigenous leaders hope to seize upon the widespread calls for police reform in the wake of a number of violent police incidents involving Indigenous people across Canada to ensure things finally get done.

Police say a six-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert in southern Ontario has been found safe after his father surrendered to police.
Investigators first issued the alert on Sunday afternoon after reports that the boy was abducted by his father in St. Catharines, Ont.
They say the boy’s father entered a local police station in St. Catharines shortly after the Amber Alert was issued.
Police say the man was arrested without incident and the boy was uninjured.
The father was charged later Sunday with abduction in contravention of custody or parenting order and disobeying an order of the court.
He remains in custody until a video bail hearing scheduled to take place Monday.
Const. Phil Gavin with the Niagara Regional Police Service said the boy was returned to police as a direct result of the Amber Alert.
He said officers are still investigating the incident and anyone with information is being asked to contact police.

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