Jukasa News Update – Monday, May 31, 2021
Ottawa has directed the flags of all federal building fly at half mast after the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in BC.
The children’s remains were located at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School using ground-penetrating radar last weekend at the site in British Columbia’s Interior.
Trudeau’s flag call came as plans were being made to identify and return home the remains.
Last week, Chief Rosanne Casimir, of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in British Columbia, said the discovery of the children, some as young as three years old, is an “unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented” at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
She said more bodies might be found because there were more areas to search on the grounds.
A First Nations teacher says the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at the site of a former residential school in B.C. is a triggering event for students who regularly learn about the history of wrongs against Indigenous people.
A provincewide kindergarten-to-Grade 12 curriculum includes lessons on everything from respect for First Nations culture to the legacy of residential schools and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, so students hearing about the remains found in Kamloops will need support.
The school in Kamloops was the largest Indian Residential School in Canada until 1969, when its operations were transferred from the Catholic Church to the federal government. The facility was then run as a day school until it was closed in 1978.
Canada is set to receive 2.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks in large part to an increase in planned deliveries from pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and BioNTech.
The two companies had been delivering about two million shots per week through the month of May, but will increase that to 2.4 million doses per week starting today.
The federal government says the remaining 500-thousand shots due to arrive this week are from Moderna, which will deliver the vaccine in two separate shipments.
The first will arrive in the middle of the week while the second is due for delivery on the weekend.
The doses are then set for distribution to provinces and territories next week.
The government is also expecting another million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of June, though a detailed delivery schedule has not been confirmed.
Indigenous women must be squarely at the forefront of efforts to combat the national tragedy of violence against them, a new Ontario government report asserts.
The province’s response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls offers a road map for tackling an issue that has inflicted horrors on countless lives for generations.
The “Pathways to Safety” report outlines the province’s framework for action aimed at remedying the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and children. Among its principles is the need to tackle anti-Indigenous racism.
The report outlines steps include increasing access to safe transportation options for Indigenous communities, and providing social and employment-related supports for urban Indigenous women. Other measures include making poverty reduction a priority and supporting access to affordable and safe housing.
The government also said it recognized Indigenous distrust of the justice system, saying it would focus now on structural change that takes in policing and child welfare.
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