Jukasa News Update – Monday, May 25, 2020
Indigenous health authorities that service Western Canadian First Nations say they are experiencing problems accessing enough medical and protective equipment.
Officials say medical supplies such as thermometers and testing supplies are not readily available and they don’t have enough nurses.
The federal government has said it has been delivering large amounts of protective equipment to Indigenous communities to ensure they are able to protect their citizens and front line workers against the novel coronavirus.
Hamilton police say they’ve arrested a woman who allegedly killed a 79-year-old woman in a random act.
They say the incident happened a week ago when the woman’s family found her dead in an apartment.
Police say they found the suspect, 26-year-old Larissa Shingebis, at a local shelter after receiving a tip Sunday morning.
Investigators say Shingebis will formally be charged with first-degree murder on Monday.
Police say they’re continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Cree artist Kent Monkman is apologizing for a painting that critics say depicts Indigenous women laughing at a sexual assault of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Toronto-based artist’s graphic portrayals of colonial violence in Canada have been featured in galleries across the globe, including a recent installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In a statement on his website Thursday, Monkman said he wasn’t speaking with the media so he could focus on feedback from the community, and that the backlash will have a “lasting impact” on his work.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Sunday that anyone in the province can get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms, as cases continued to mount and officials criticized thousands of people who gathered in a Toronto park a day earier.
The premier said mass testing is the province’s best defence against the virus, adding that the only way for the province to reach its testing capacity of nearly 25,000 is for people to show up to provincial assessment centres. Currently, daily testing rates hover around 11,000.
Health officials say the province doesn’t anticipate demand for tests outpacing supply, even with this directive.
Six Nations says one new case of COVID-19 has been identified in the community.
This brings the total number of coronavirus cases on Six Nations to 12 – for the entirety of the pandemic so far.
Six Nations Public Health spoke to anyone who came in contact with the person and asked them to self isolate.
Health Services officials are reminding the public to keep practicing physical distances, washing hands, wearing non-medical masks and avoiding all non-essential travel.
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