Jukasa News Update Thursday, July 13, 2017
Police say they have arrested and charged a 17 year old female in the murder death of a local man missing since June.
The girl has not been named by police, who also say they are still seeking the whereabouts of the deceased 48 year old Douglas Hill.
A massive ground search of the community was conducted earlier this month on the territory looking for Hill or other information in the case.
Police now say the information collected from their investigation is enough to label Hills disappearance a homicide and put the 17 year old accused in custody. She is to appear in court at a later date.
Hill is described as an indigenous male, five-foot-five, weighing approximately 167 pounds. He has a thin build, long dark hair in a ponytail, is known to wear prescription sunglasses and has facial hair with a visible tattoo of a feather on his right cheek.
He was last seen on Six Nations of The Grand River Territory on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at approximately 9:00 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
A Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq leader and regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations has been charged with assault after an alleged fight in a Cape Breton hotel last month.
Chief Morley Googoo was charged Thursday with assault and causing a disturbance at the Hampton Inn in Membertou in June.
He is set to appear in Sydney provincial court on July 31.
Police say they responded to reports of a disturbance at the hotel at about 11 p.m. on June 17.
But Cape Breton Regional Police spokeswoman Desiree Vassallo said she could not release details as the matter is now before the courts.
A spokesman for several Indigenous communities in northern Ontario says four people, including three children, have committed suicide within the last week.
Michael Heintzman of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a boy between the ages of 10 and 12 and a 12-year-old girl died over the weekend in Pikangikum, Ont., a First Nations community near the Ontario-Manitoba border.
On Tuesday, a 15-year-old committed suicide in Summer Beaver, just north of Fort Hope.
And a day later, a 21-year-old man from the Fort Severn First Nation died in a Thunder Bay medical centre.
Heintzman says there have now been eighteen suicides within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s territory since January 1 of this year.
The head of an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women denies the process is drifting, saying in Vancouver that she believes it’s moving at “lightning speed.”
Marion Buller says that in the first eight months, staff have been hired, offices have opened and a first hearing has been held.
The inquiry has faced controversy over the resignation of its executive director and complaints from families that the process is not moving fast enough.
Buller says community hearings will be held beginning Sept. 10 in Thunder Bay before moving on to Smithers, B.C., Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Halifax, Edmonton, Yellowknife and closing in mid-December in Quebec.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked Canada’s 150th birthday with the Queen Wednesday by giving her the Canadian flag that flew on the Peace Tower on Canada Day.
On a daylong stop in Edinburgh, the PM met with the Queen for a private audience at her official Scottish residence, where he presented her with the flag.
The meeting was arranged to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial since the Queen, 91, is no longer able to travel as far as Canada; Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had attended Canada Day events in her place.
A Maine resident celebrating her 100th birthday says wine is the secret to her longevity.
WCSH-TV reports Florence Bearse, of Bangor, turned 100 Thursday. The Massachusetts native dedicated her life to running a restaurant and serving others before retiring.
Bearse is known for both her sense of humour and her no-nonsense attitude at the Westgate Center for Rehabilitation.
Bearse told press people shouldn’t “take any bologna” if they want to live to be 100.