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Jukasa News Update – Monday, November 19, 2018


A U.S. Senate resolution has been introduced to designate November as Native American Heritage month.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Friday announced the resolution.
The bill specifically highlights the influence of the Iroquois Confederacy on the founding fathers’ drafting of the Constitution, including in its articles on free speech and the separation of governmental powers.
The senators say the resolution also offers a chance for reflection on how they can further strengthen tribal communities.

Saskatchewan’s justice minister says an unlicensed cannabis store on Indigenous land northeast of Regina is illegal.
The Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation opened a marijuana dispensary this week.
Chief Anthony Cappo has said the First Nation has a sovereign right to pass its own cannabis regulations.
Justice Minister Don Morgan says the federal government delegated jurisdiction over cannabis sales to the provinces.
He says he’s disappointed that the First Nation’s leadership went ahead with the dispensary without talking to the province first.

A new report shows a shocking 60 percent decline in global wildlife populations over the last 40 years.
Researchers from the World Wildlife Fund say that since the 1970s Canada’s mammal populations dropped by 43 per cent, amphibian and reptile populations by 34 per cent and fish populations by 20 per cent.
The report confirmed that some types of birds have lost up to 69 per cent of their populations.

No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.
Three of the draw’s Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each were claimed by ticket holders in Ontario and the Prairies.
The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Nov. 23 will be approximately $60 million, with 21 Maxmillion draws.

Student’s taking the EQAO tests in Ontario this year will be able to wear headphones and access some online calculators and language resources.
Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office says the agency is making the rule changes after educators and parents wanted to reduce the amount of stress students feel about the tests.
The new rules released Friday say students taking the tests will be able to wear headphones and listen to music or white noise.
Students will also be able to access the internet for some online instructional tools like translators and calculators through online apps.

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