Jukasa News Update Thursday, April 5, 2018
An Ex-Pastor from Six Nations has been granted full parole after serving six years of a concurrent 10 year sentence.
Ronald Burning was convicted of 13 counts of sexual assault against children and teens at his church and the church’s school dating from 1971 through to 2009.
Burning was released on day parole in June of last year. The board says he is in poor health. Burning is not to have contact with anyone under 18 or to be in the company of children. He remains on Ontario’s sex offender registry.
Six Nations Polytechnic and Tap Resources were awarded Best Conference at the 2018 Canadian Event Industry Awards for their work on the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.
The conference brought Native Americans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Maori, Ainu and Sami people from around the world together for culturally grounded strategies on Indigenous education.
In January, the conference’s organization partners received the regional Best Conference Award for the WIPCE conference and were automatically advanced to the national level.
One of the recipients, TAP Resources President Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald said it is the first time an Indigenous program and collaborative has won this recognition in Canada.
The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system, a measure that makes good on a Liberal promise to change the way juries are selected.
A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill Thursday that, if passed, would eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process without providing a reason for doing so.
Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said she is pleased about the proposed changes and hopes the presence of Indigenous jurors will translate into more justice for Indigenous Peoples.
Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.
Jane Philpott said the government is working with the tribunal to confirm every one of its orders has been fulfilled.
In 2007 indigenous child rights activist Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission calling out Ottawa for funding indigenous children child welfare on reserve less than those off reserve receive.
The tribunal sided with Blackstock and ruled the government discriminates against First Nations kids because they can only get the same child-welfare funding and programs if they are taken into care, often out of their communities and into non-Indigenous homes.
Researchers in Australia say indigenous Australian language all come from one common ancestor.
Linguists have theorized for decades that one language, called proto Australian is the mother of all indigenous languages.
Now, after a three year investigation, experts from Western Sydney University and the University of Newcastle say the evidence shows that the 250 indigneous languages of Australia were all born from one mother language about 12,000 years ago.
Researchers are hoping the discovery will lead to a better understanding of how words were shared between language groups in the past to help reinvigorate and preserve indigenous terminology in the future.
Ontario researchers say real-time monitoring of water conditions on First Nations communities could significantly reduce boil water advisories on reserves across Canada.
Officials from the University of Guelph say in a new study that monitoring flow rates and chlorine levels in communities with ongoing water issues could reduce advisories by 36 percent if day to day monitoring were put in place in communities across the country.
A high number of Canada’s boil water advisories on first nations reserves, about 80%, due to problems with equipment or water samples needing to be shipped out of remote communities for testing — and not due to actual safety of the water quality.
Toronto’s Pride committee is asking the Toronto Police to not participate in this years parade.
The group released a statement Monday evening, saying the Toronto police dismissed concerns over an increasing number of missing gay men from the city’s gay district — something they believe allowed an accused serial killer to target and murder several gay men in the village.
Earlier this year, a 66 year old man was charged with first degree murder in the disappearance and death of six men from the Church and Wellesley area.
Several of the city’s LGBTQ organizations also signed onto the statement saying the relationship between the city’s gay community and the police can not be mended through a parade.
Police in Hamilton have charged a 60-year-old local woman with attempted murder.
Investigators say a 61-year-old man was critically injured early Saturday evening during a dispute over the rental of a room.
They allege the suspect was upset over non payment of rent and the possibility that bed bugs had been brought into the unit by the man who was injured.
Police say a weapon was recovered at the scene and that they believe the suspect had consumed alcohol prior to the incident.
No names or other information was immediately released.