Jukasa News Update – Thursday, May 16, 2019
Maine public schools and universities will soon ban the use of mascots and logos depicting Native Americans.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ office says the bill she signed Thursday will become effective 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.
Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana says the law is “a huge step toward trust and respect” for indigenous people.
Government officials across Canada are outraged at comments by the behaviour of an RCMP officer interrogating an Indigenous teen who reported she’d been sexually assaulted.
The video, shot in 2012, shows a Kelowna RCMP officer interviewing the Indigenous girl for two hours, asking if she was “turned on … even a little bit” during the alleged assault and questioning how hard she resisted her attacker.
The video was released recently as part of a civil suit against British Columbia’s Ministry of Child and Family Development; the girl was in the care of the B.C. child-welfare system at the time of the alleged assault.
The perpetrator in the girls assault was never charged.
Halton Regional police say two officers helped reverse an apparent overdose by two teens who thought they were smoking marijuana.
They say they responded to a call for two unconscious 18-year-old men outside a home in Milton around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The officers gave them naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Police say the teens assumed they were smoking cannabis but lost consciousness and began having seizures.
A neighbour saw the incident and called 911.
An investigation is ongoing and what drugs the teens smoked have yet to be identified.
The Indigenous Voices Awards announced nominees for this year’s awards.
Tanya Tagaq and Joshua Whitehead are among the 17 rising Indigenous writers who have been shortlisted for the second annual IVAs.
Other finalists are vying for prizes recognizing both published and unpublished works in a range of languages, genres and media.
Winners in each of the seven categories will receive $2,000, for a grand total of $14,000 to be awarded at a Vancouver gala on June 4.
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