Jukasa News Update Thursday, May 31, 2018
The House of Commons passed a bill aimed at ensuring Canada’s laws are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Bill C-262 was tabled by NDP Romeo Saganash.
Saganash was involved in the original drafting of the declaration, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007.
Saganash says he believes his legislation is the most important bill Parliament has considered in a long time.
The bill now passes over to the Senate for final votes.
Officials are fearing that outrage over the federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline will fuel unprecedented protests.
Canadians are furious Trudeau has approved a plan to pay $4.5 billion dollars to buy the pipeline rather than following through on his campaign promise to invest in a green economy.
Critics of the pipeline purchase say that the liberal government are alienating voters to create a perfect storm for historic and united opposition.
Thousands of Starbucks shops across the U.S. closed early on Tuesday to hold training for employees on recognizing hidden prejudices.
It was part of the coffee chain’s effort to deal with the outcry over the arrest of two black men last month for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks without buying anything.
After the incident, the company’s leaders apologized, met with the men and scheduled an afternoon of training for 175,000 employees at more than 8,000 U.S. stores.
The auditor general says Indigenous Services Canada is failing to measure and report on the social and economic gaps between First Nations people living on reserves and other Canadians.
In his spring report, auditor general Michael Ferguson says the department has not used data provided by First Nations, nor has it engaged meaningfully with First Nations people in order to determine if their lives on reserves are improving.
Ferguson says the index used by the department to measure the well-being of First Nations people on reserves is not complete, because while it uses data from Statistics Canada, it doesn’t include important aspects like health, environment, language and culture.