Jukasa News Update Thursday, February 6, 2020
The Metis National Council is demanding an apology and says Senator Lynn Beyak should resign.
David Chartrand, Vice President of the Metis National Council said during cultural sensitivity training Beyak was ordered to take – the senator claimed she was Metis because her parents adopted an indigenous child.
Chartrand says the comments are insulting, racist and a total misrepresentation of Metis identity.
The alleged comments from Beyak were described in a report from the Senate ethics committee, which last Friday recommended that Beyak be suspended again without pay over racist letters about Indigenous Peoples she had posted to her website.
Several First Nations in southwest British Columbia are promising to continue to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while business groups are celebrating a court decision that upheld the federal government’s approval of the project.
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation and Coldwater Indian Band were among four B.C. Indigenous groups that filed a legal challenge in the Federal Court of Appeal arguing that the government’s consultation with them was inadequate.
The court ruled in a unanimous 3-0 decision on Tuesday that the government met its duty to consult, clearing a major legal hurdle for construction to continue on the expansion of the pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to B.C.’s coast.
Coun. Khelsilem of the Squamish Nation criticized the federal government for building more pipelines at a time when bold, swift action is needed to fight climate change, noting that B.C. and Alberta have faced devastating wildfires in recent years.
RCMP officers moved in to execute an injunction against land defenders blocking an access road to the Coastal Gas Link pipeline.
Eyewitnesses say 13 RCMP vehicles came into the area known as Camp 39 around 5am local time on Thursday. Two people were reportedly arrested.
RCMP held a press conference on Wednesday pledging a peaceful execution of the injunction after talks broke down with hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs and Coastal Gas Link representatives seeking a resolution.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario continues ongoing job action this week.
A province wide full withdrawal of services continues Thursday – with more planned for February 11 and 13.
The strike does not affect secondary schools.
Province wide rolling strikes have been carrying on throughout this school year.
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