Jukasa News Update – Thursday, March 4, 2021
Police say a child was found sleeping next to a computer tablet with drug residue on it during a search warrant executed at a home on River Road.
On February 23, Six Nations Police entered the home they found the sleeping child in a room with fentanyl paraphernalia that was easily accessible to the child. Police say Six Nations child protection agency Ogwadeni:deo was contacted to assist with the child’s needs. The mother of the child attended the residence and was arrested.
Another male was in the home sleeping in a separate room. He was also arrested. As a result of the search the police seized an amount of fentanyl, firearm ammunition they say was not safely stored and a stolen pick up truck.
A 24 year old male and 28 year old female have been arrested and are facing drug trafficking charges. Names are being withheld to protect the identity of the child.
Manitoba has released a report showing COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Indigenous, Black and other people of colour in the province.
Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer says the findings are systemic and seen in every jurisdiction.
He said it’s not about people in communities making bad choices. COVID-19 infections are largely linked to pre-existing inequities, including in housing and employment.
Fifty-one per cent of people who tested positive for COVID-19 self-identified as Black, Indigenous or of colour, but 35 per cent of people in Manitoba belong to that group.
The report said North American Indigenous people made up 17 per cent of infections, despite representing about 13 per cent of the overall population. Black and African people, accounting for four per cent of the population, made up eight per cent of positive tests.
Filipino people also had significant infection rates _ 12 per cent of cases, while representing seven per cent of the population.
South Asian people, three per cent of the population, made up eight per cent of positive cases.
The report noted that white people experienced less COVID-19 than would be expected based on population size.
The Six Nations Language Commission will be able to finish out the academic year, thanks to $200,000 in emergency funding from Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council.
The SNLC, which aims to preserve Haudenosaunee languages by producing fluent or near-fluent speakers, sought the extra funds from SNGR last week, but lamented its lack of permanent funding from any source, making it difficult to retain staff and language students.
The emergency funding will see the commission through to May.
The commission receives sporadic funding yearly from elected council, as well as grants from local organizations.
OPP are investigating a single-vehicle collision that sent a 21-year-old driver to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash occurred on March 1 on the Highway 6 Bypass south of Argyle Street in Caledonia just after 7:00 p.m..
A witness told police a single vehicle had rolled over and the driver had been ejected.
First responders attended the scene and took the driver to an out-of-town hospital via ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
OPP investigation, thus far, has determined a green pickup truck being driven by the 21-year-old driver was traveling southbound on Highway 6 Bypass when it crossed the centre line and hit a steel guard rail. The vehicle rolled several times landing on its roof and the driver was ejected.
Highway 6 was closed between Greens Road and Fourth Line for approximately five hours while emergency crews were on scene.
OPP continue to investigate and is asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any information to assist with the investigation to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.
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