Jukasa News Update – Monday, September 20, 2021
A Six Nations man was arrested in Toronto during a speech at a homelessness defence rally.
Skyler Williams was one of four people who were apprehended by plain clothes police officers at a demonstration outside the Mayors office.
Police say Williams was charged with failure to comply with recognizance.
Williams was engaged in a violent riot with police on July 21 during a demonstration against homeless camps being cleared in the city of Toronto.
Officials say Williams was released from police custody on Friday morning.
A group of protesters caused the Six Nations federal election polling station to be moved.
In a letter, the hereditary leaders say that polling stations on the reserve is a violation of treaty rights and discourgaed all Haudenosaunee people from participating in the vote.
This call comes just days after advanced polls were open on the territory and elected leadership held a virtual platform for community residents to get to know the candidates in the Brantford-Brant riding where Six Nations is located.
Two of the four candidates, Cole Squire and Alison MacDonald, are Haudenosaunee from Six Nations.
The polling station was moved to Oakland.
In an open letter issued Thursday afternoon to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill said the day should be a statutory holiday for all Ontarians to show a commitment toward truth and reconciliation.
This past spring, the federal government passed legislation to make Sept. 30 an official federal holiday, including time off for federal employees, and named it Truth and Reconciliation Day to honour the relationship between settlers and Indigenous people.
Ford announced that day would not be recognized in Ontario as a statutory holiday.
Chief Hill says he is disappointed in Ford’s decision and says it is a lost opportunity to make a formal recognition of residential school survivors in Ontario.
A First Nation that announced more than 200 unmarked graves had been found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., is inviting people to mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation has shared a video to help people learn the Secwepemc Honour Song to drum and sing at 2:15 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 30.
Chief Rosanne Casimir says news of the unmarked graves sparked a global outpouring of support and the invitation offers a way for people to connect.
The nation is encouraging participants to teach the honour song in schools, workplaces and at home.
Since May, several other First Nations have reported finding unmarked graves or suspected remains located around former residential institutions in their territories.
Casimir says the nation has been working to decide what happens next at the Kamloops site and it is set to share updates at an event scheduled to take place next month.
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