Jukasa News Update, Thursday July 27, 2017
Families of the missing and murdered indigenous woman say the national inquiry is a failure.
The families made an appeal to inquiry commissioners Wednesday when they presented to the AFN meeting in Regina.
Concerns that the inquiry doesn’t hold police responsible for not properly investigating indigenous homicides or missing persons.
Surviving family members also say the inquiry does not create a culturally safe space for them to share their stories — leaving them triggered with little help to resolve the trauma they carry.
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.
A Hawaii judge says a construction permit should be granted for a giant telescope planned for the Hawaii’s Mauna Kea — a space indigenous people on the island consider to be sacred.
Retired judge Riki May Amano has been weighing facts in the case since June, after hearing oftentimes emotional testimony that spanned 44 days.
The $1.4 billion project has divided those who believe the telescope will desecrate land atop Mauna Kea held sacred by Native Hawaiians and those who believe it will provide Hawaii with economic and educational opportunities.
The judge’s order sets a deadline for telescope opponents and permit applicants to file arguments against her recommendations.
State land boards are then set to hold hearings and make the final decision on the permit.
Two defendants were given lengthy federal prison sentences Wednesday in separate, back-to-back horrific crimes of violence against children last year that rattled residents of a Montana American Indian reservation and prompted tribal leaders to blame rampant drug use.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced a woman from the Fort Peck Reservation to 20 years in prison for the murder of a 13-month-old who had been under her care. Less than two hours earlier, Morris handed down a 42-year prison term to a man who kidnapped and raped a 4-year-old girl on the reservation.
Tribal leaders said the crimes, which occurred within weeks of one another, were rooted in the rising scourge of methamphetamine use on the reservation in northeastern Montana.
While the sentencings closed out two cases that put a spotlight on the problem, tribal officials have said drug use continues and that they lack the resources to deal with it.