Jukasa News Update – Thursday, August 5. 2021
A northern First Nation in Manitoba is sending some of its members south because of smoke and wildfires.
Tataskweyak Cree Nation, also known as Split Lake, started transporting members with health concerns out of the community Tuesday evening.
The Canadian Red Cross says about 100 residents took a bus to Thompson and then flew to Winnipeg, where they will stay in hotels.
A spokesperson for the Red Cross says more people will be flown to Winnipeg Wednesday, but the total number was unknown.
There are 3,200 residents from Little Grand Rapids, Bloodvein, Pauingassi and Berens River First Nations currently staying in hotels in Winnipeg and Brandon because of the fires.
There are 154 wildfires burning in the province.
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he is concerned provinces that are lifting COVID-19 restrictions could lead to a Delta-driven fourth wave among Indigenous people.
Miller says many areas of the country opened too quickly last year, causing a dangerous and devastating second wave among Indigenous communities.
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are moving away from their COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates.
There have been more than 33,000 positive cases on reserves _ the vast majority on the Prairies.
Miller says there has been a good uptick of vaccinations among Indigenous people, but a large proportion of the population, especially on reserves, are children under the age of 12, who are not eligible to get a dose.
Australia’s government on Thursday pledged 1.1 billion Australian dollars ($813 million) to address Indigenous disadvantage, including compensation to thousands of mixed-race children who were taken from their families over decades.
The AU$378.6 million ($279.7 million) to be used to compensate the so-called Stolen Generations by 2026 is the most expensive component of the package aimed at boosting Indigenous living standards in Australia.
The compensation of up to AU$75,000 ($55,400) in a lump sum plus up to $AU7,000 ($5,200) for expenses such as psychological counselling will only be available to mixed-race children who had been under direct federal government control in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Jervis Bay Territory.
Most members of the Stolen Generations had been under state government control when they were separated from their Indigenous mothers under decades of assimilation policies that ended as recently as the 1970s.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the compensation was a recognition of the harm caused by forced removal of children from families.
Ontario is reporting 213 COVID-19 cases today and 14 deaths from the virus, though several of the deaths occurred in previous months.
The province says 12 of the deaths happened between February and May and are now being reported due to a data cleaning initiative.
Thursday’s case numbers are based on 23,494 tests.
The province administered 58,213 COVID-19 vaccine doses yesterday for a total of more than 19.7 million doses.
There were 110 patients in intensive care with COVID-related critical illness on Thursday and 77 people on ventilators.
According to Public Health Ontario, from the end of June to the end of July, unvaccinated people were eight times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.
Unvaccinated people 60 and older were 15 times more likely to be hospitalized than their fully vaccinated counterparts.
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