Jukasa News Update Monday, May 15, 2017
Hundreds of people gathered in Ottawa this weekend to urge the federal government to make good on its promise to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
An across the province walk organized by the Mennonite Church of Canada and Christian Peacemakers brought out allies as a response to the 48th call for action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — asking interfaith groups to respond.
The Ottawa rally was also calling for Canadians to support a bill now in parliament to fully incorporate the UNDRIP into Canadas legislation.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is urging indigenous women to stand up and report sexual assaults to police.
This includes everything from harassment to sexual assault – which helps police collect data that accurately reflects how common these types of attacks are on indigenous women.
The organization says it is supporting a bill in parliament that would ask courts to consider a woman’s race as an aggravating factor if the accused has a history of race based assaults.
NWAC president Francyne Joe says although it may be difficult to come forward, victims are not responsible for their own sexual assault.
A group of indigenous activists rallied at Queens Park this weekend to urge MPPs to make National Indigenous Day a National Holiday.
Ontarios Public Service union says creating the day as a national holiday would be an excellent way for Canada to acknowledge its 150th anniversary.
Thunder Bay Police are urging the public for assistance in finding a missing indigenous teen.
Josiah Begg was last seen on May 6th at 10pm near the Vale Community Centre.
His family is now urging the public for help in finding the 14 year old boy.
Dozens of volunteers worked throughout the weekend to help find him.
You can get more information on how to help at the Let’s Find Josiah Begg Facebook page.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Thunder Bay police.