Jukasa News Update – Monday, September 27, 2021
Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is taking place Thursday.
Communities across the country are preparing to mark the day with virtual and in-person events.
Not all provinces and territories are officially observing the federal statutory holiday announced in June.
There will be a prime-time special in honour of residential school survivors is to air on APTN and CBC/Radio-Canada.
The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia is urging the Secwepemc Honour Song be taught in schools, workplaces and at home. The First Nation posted a video to help people learn the song and is suggesting people sing and drum at 2:15 p.m. PT.
An outdoor concert called the Unity Jam is to take place at Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto. The show will feature performances by Indigenous singer-songwriters Derek Miller and Logan Staats.
A leader in Canada’s national assembly of Catholic bishops says he hopes an apology for the harms endured at residential schools could mark a turning point in the church’s relations with Indigenous Peoples.
But some Indigenous leaders say it remains to be seen whether the remorseful sentiments will be backed up by meaningful steps toward reconciliation.
Bishop William McGrattan, vice-president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, says there are plans to expand on the commitments outlined in Friday’s “unequivocal apology” for the abuses committed by members of the church community who were involved in running residential schools.
The bishops have promised to provide records that could help “memorialize” the students believed to be buried in unmarked graves, raise money for initiatives endorsed by Indigenous leaders and work on getting the Pope to visit Canada.
Indigenous Tim Hortons owners across the country are launching a national campaign to raise money for Indigenous organizations that support residential school survivors.
For one week starting Sept. 30, Tim Hortons will donate 100 per cent of the retail price of orange-sprinkled doughnuts to the Orange Shirt Society and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
Landon Miller, part of the working group of Tim Hortons owners, launched his own grassroots orange doughnut campaign at his restaurant on Six Nations of the Grand River in the days after the Kamloops discovery.
Miller said he was glad to be a part of a national initiative to raise money for residential school awareness and was happy to see the support of Tim Hortons owners across Canada.
A northern Ontario First Nation says Indigenous Services Canada gave residents expired doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 between Aug. 9 and Sept. 15.
According to a statement from the Saugeen First Nation, nurses from ISC administered doses based on the expiry date on the vials, not realizing the doses had already expired because they were not refrigerated.
The First Nation says the shipment was received in July and was originally set to expire in October.
But because the vials were thawed, they were good for only 31 days _ until Aug. 9. The new expiry date was noted on the box but not on the individual vials, in accordance with ISC protocol.
The Saugeen First Nation COVID-19 response team says the expired doses do not pose a health risk, but the mistake could affect the livelihood of some residents while they await another dose.
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