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Jukasa News Update Thursday, August 24, 2017


A new report says less than one-third of Canadian businesses are working with indigenous communities on reconciliation.
The study looked at 173 businesses listed on the Toronto stock exchange.
Researchers shared most companies having involvement with indigenous people shared accounts of strong employees or special investments they’ve made with communities but nothing at the levels ethical investors are looking for.
Just five per cent of companies reported an indigenous presence in senior or management roles. Out of all companies surveyed, only one financial company, one energy company and three mining companies had processes committed to indigenous communities right to free, prior and informed consent on new projects.

North Dakota is asking the federal government for $14 million to cover costs it incurred bringing in police and military to defend the construction the Dakota Access pipeline.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to make a decision in the case by the end of September.
This is the second request North Dakota has made for emergency funding to cover costs of fighting for the pipeline.
This spring the state appealed to US President Donald Trump to declare the main camp area a disaster zone and make them eligible for federal aid. That request was denied.
Pipeline owners Energy Transfer Partners have since offered to cover the states costs for law enforcement during the opposition.

A new indigenous advisory committee has been assembled to oversee the construction of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline.
The committee is made up of 13 indigenous people representing First Nations communities from BC and Alberta and 6 federal reps.
Officials say the committee was proposed by indigenous leaders last year.
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will triple the capacity on the pipeline running from Edmonton to the west coast carrying almost 900,000 barrels a day.

Data released by provincial officials says indigenous people in British Columbia are three time more likely to die of illicit drug overdoses.
Officials say the findings were discovered last year but are just now being released to the public.
BC’s First Nations Health Authority also says Indigenous people are five times more likely than others to experience non-fatal overdoses.
Nearly 1000 indigenous people were lost in BC’s overdose crisis last year. Researchers say trauma, racism and stigma are part of the problem.

A Nunavut coroner’s inquest recommends training for RCMP and civilian jail guards to challenge assumptions about intoxication and alcohol use in Inuit communities.
The report into the October 2012 death of an inuit man from Nunavut says police assumed he was drunk when he was found at a landfill at Baker Lake.
RCMP placed him in a cell, but guards became concerned and sent him for a medical check, which determined he was suffering from a serious stroke.
Relatives told nursing staff that he also had diabetes as he was sent by air ambulance to a Winnipeg hospital for treatment.
He died from complications from the stroke two weeks later.
The report also recommends RCMP take cultural sensitivity training and listen to family and community members about people suspected of being intoxicated.

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