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Jukasa News Update Thursday, March 1, 2018


Newly published research argues Indigenous hunting didn’t cause the collapse of once-mighty caribou herds in Canada’s North and says harvest bans only force First Nations to shoulder the blame for problems they didn’t create.
The Bathurst region in the Northwest Territories was home to nearly half a million caribou in the mid-1980s, it has fallen to 20,000 today.
The paper in Science Advances concludes the more likely cause for the disastrous declines is the cumulative effects of mineral exploration.

Two iconic coal smokestacks at the former Nanticoke Generating Station were blasted Wednesday morning.
Ontario provincial police were on site to protect the public in the areas surrounding the structures as they were destroyed.
The station first generated electricity in 1973, but stopped using coal as fuel in 2013 and is no longer in operation.

Tuesday’s budget laid out $4.7 billion over the next five years for supporting
indigenous children and families, investments in housing and health and propelling First Nations toward self-government.
The budget commits about $1.4 billion over the next six years to support Indigenous children in foster care and to promote family reunification.
Metis in Canada will see funding to help collect health data, as well as $500 million over 10 years to develop a housing strategy.
Inuit communities will see $27.5 million over five years toward eliminating tuberculosis in the North, $82 million over 10 years to roll out a health survey and $400 million over 10 years for housing. 
The Liberals have also committed to spend more than $100 million over five years to help Indigenous groups engage with plans to develop a new legal framework for reconciliation based on recognizing rights and reconstituting nations.

The Manitoba government committed late Monday to releasing a report into how child welfare workers dealt with Tina Fontaine before the teenager disappeared, died and was dumped in the Red River.
A law that forbids the provincial children’s advocate from publicly releasing special investigation reviews into child deaths will be changed for the data to be released publicly.

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