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Jukasa News Update – Monday September 10, 2018


A judge in Saskatchewan says indigenous protesters have to dismantle their teepee camp outside the provincial legislature.
Demonstrators set up the camp to protest racial injustice and the disproportionate amount of indigenous children in the child welfare system.
Six of those protesters were arrested in June. They applied to the judge to have those arrests deemed unlawful but the judge dismissed that request.
Demonstrators say they will remain at the camp and are consulting lawyers on next steps.

The Cleveland Indians will preview a new uniform in Toronto this week, dropping the Chief Wahoo mascot from their hats and jerseys.
The indigneous mascot has been identified as a racist image by indigenous activists – who say indigenous mascotry is dehumanizing to indigneous people.
A team spokesperson denied to comment on the decision or the new uniforms.

York Factory First Nation Chief Leroy Constant is calling for an inquiry into Manitoba Hydro — saying the project development is linked to cases of discrimination and violence against indigenous people in the province.
A report released last month by the province’s Clean Environment Commission outlined discrimination and sexual abuse at the Crown utility’s work sites in the 1960s and 1970s. The report said the arrival of a largely male construction workforce led to the sexual abuse of Indigenous women and some alleged their complaints to RCMP were ignored.
The report said there was also racial tension, environmental degradation and an end to the traditional way of life for some Indigenous people.

Four Ontario mayors are seeking the federal government to step in and save a basic income pilot project that was cancelled by the province after the election of Doug Ford.
In a joint letter, the mayors of Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Brantford and Kawartha Lakes called on the federal Social Development Minister to assume oversight of the program, which the province’s Progressive Conservatives have claimed is failing.
The mayors said that the program was being watched by jurisdictions around the world, with delegations from the U.K., Japan, South Korea and the U.S. expressing interest.
The basic income pilot was launched under the former Liberal government and was set to run for three years at a cost of $150 million. Under the project, single participants receive up to $16,989 a year while couples receive up to $24,027

The federal government says it is one step closer to giving indigneous communities control over their own indigneous health programs.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced $68 million over three years for Indigenous communities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
The money follows up on plans first announced in the 2017 budget to boost First Nations-led health services in sometimes remote communities.
Philpott says the money will help boost First Nations health services closer to home.

One man is charged and another is being sought by police after he allegedly poisoned a co-worker at a Toronto car dealership.
Police say the victim took a drink from his water bottle and realized he was drinking engine coolant.
The victim was sent to hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries.
Security camera footage at the dealership show the accused removing the victim’s water bottle and then returning it.
Police say a 34-year-old Toronto man was arrested and charged with administering a noxious thing.
Investigators say they’re still searching for the second suspect.

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