Jukasa News Update Thursday, June 1, 2017
A Hamilton law firm has reported itself to the Upper Law Society of Canada after millions has gone missing.
The Findlay McCarthy Professional Corporation says it spent 1.5 million dollars it was holding in trust for the businesses and residents of Caledonia.
The money was part of a class action settlement following the 2006 Six Nations land reclamation.
In a statement, the firm says the settlement funds were spent to cover administrative costs of managing the class action compensation plan.
Indigenous leaders from northwestern Ontario are asking the RCMP to take over investigations into the recent deaths of two teens in Thunder Bay.
Three chiefs travelled to the provincial legislature to express a lack of confidence in both the OPP and the Thunder Bay Police Force.
They say they do not accept findings that recent teen deaths in the city were non-criminal and are calling for an investigation.
The Office of the Independent Police Review Director is investigating the Thunder Bay Police on allegations of systemic problems with the way it handles deaths and disappearances of indigenous people.
A group of survivors of the Indian Residential School system are building a memorial garden on the grounds at the former Mohawk Institute.
The Mohawk Village Memorial Park will run from Mohawk Street to the back of the former school building.
The group says their hope is to offer a space for personal healing and reflection on site at the former school grounds, where so many indigenous children suffered abuse.
The Six Nations of the Grand River Economic Development Trust says far too many applicants seeking funding from a community investment fund submitted incomplete paperwork, making their submissions invalid.
In all 26 applications were received but only 6 were deemed acceptable by the trust.
Those 6 groups have been shortlisted to receive funding totalling just over $76,000.
The Trust had initially set aside $1.5 million in funding for community projects for this year.
The trust is urging all organizations with incomplete applications to apply again for next year’s cycle starting in August.
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has put out a third non compliance order and re-asserted Canada has yet to comply with previous orders to implement Jordan’s Principle.
Jordans Principle is a call that every First Nation child should have access to the same government services as the rest of Canada’s children.
The CHRT has ruled that Jordan’s Principle applies to all children on and off-reserve — and includes dental and mental health, physiotherapy, special education, speech therapy, and more.
In 2016 the federal government was ordered by the Tribunal to make ammends to the way it provides services to First Nations children.