Jukasa News Update – Thursday, May 7, 2020
Six Nations of the Grand River announced Child and Family Services is now offering free crisis support through text and live chat features.
The services were approved in January and the rollout expedited to assist residents in need due to pandemic related anxiety.
Conversations are encrypted technology to keep them confidential and secure. Users will be connected with trained crisis response workers who will provide support and referrals.
SNGR Elected Council says it will waive the sanitation fees for community residents until May 31.
Funding for charges to provide fresh water delivery to homes on the territory is being provided through the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund.
SNGR says after May 31 community residents will again have to cover costs for their own water and sewer.
Approximately 600 elementary and secondary students from Six Nations will receive iPads with keyboards in order to complete the school year.
The purchase of the tablets was approved by Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council during Monday’s General Finance meeting – held via Zoom teleconference.
A total of 600 iPads with SIM cards to provide 2-3 months of data are being purchased at a cost of $352,770Another $34,500 was approved for iPads keyboards and hotspot wifi devices.
The funding was identified as a $500,000 increase in funding from Indigenous Services Canada.
Students that receive the iPads from Six Nations will keep the devices.
A new digital platform for local news serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in BC was launched on Tuesday. IndigiNews is a joint venture of The Discourse and APTN, IndigiNews serves Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and will soon expand to Vancouver Island.
The joint venture aims to address the long history of Canadian media poorly representing and perpetuating stereotypes about Indigenous communities.