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Jukasa News Update Monday, September 23, 2019


Alaska Native community member Howard Luke, a respected Athabascan elder known for promoting indigenous culture through his work with young people, has died.
The 95-year-old member of the Interior Alaska Native community late Saturday at Fairbanks’ Denali Center.
A public service to pay tribute to Luke is scheduled to be held in Fairbanks Wednesday.

Provincial police are investigating after a 63-year-old man died after a mud run event in Brant County, Ont.
Investigators say the man from Kitchener went into distress while participating in the War Horse Mud Run on Saturday.
They say paramedics found the man without vital signs and tried to revive him.
He died after being taken to hospital.
Police say the incident is still under investigation.

Ontario’s Human Rights Commission says racial profiling in law enforcement is profoundly harmful.
It says the police practice hurts black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.
The commission today released a new policy on eliminating racial profiling based on a report called Under Suspicion.
It says it’s the first such policy in the country.
Recommendations include acknowledging the problem, collecting data on police stops and independent accountability.
It also calls for officers to wear body cameras.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan is urging the province to follow British Columbia’s lead by ending the practice of “birth alerts.”
Such alerts inform government officials or child-welfare agencies when an infant is born to potentially high-risk parents, which can result in an investigation and a child being seized.
The federation is renewing its call to end the alerts following B.C.’s announcement earlier this week that it is stopping the practice, which has been heavily criticized for discriminating against Indigenous mothers.

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