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Jukasa News Update – Thursday, November 10, 2016


CBC launches new film fund
A new fund will help underrepresented creators in Canada make their film projects a reality.
CBC announced the 7.5 million dollar Breaking Barriers Film Fund, giving critical resources to filmmakers struggling to make their unique voices heard.
The fund will help finance up to 20 per cent of the proposed budget for English-language features.
The funds will be available to films written or directed by Canadian women, indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival.

Hydroelectric project puts indigenous food at risk
Harvard Researchers say a contested hydroelectric dam project on Canada’s east coast will poison local wild food sources.
The Muskrat Falls project will cause a spike in toxic methylmercury in wild food sources that are crucial to Labrador’s Inuit communities.
Methylmercury concentrations in locally caught fish, birds and seals _ which nearby Inuit populations use as a source of food _ likely will increase up to 10-fold after the project is completed.
Methylmercury is a dangerous neurotoxin linked to cardiovascular and immune problems and hyperactivity in children.

Legalization of marijuana across US election
California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Six more states also voted on marijuana measures.
In all, five states considered whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
The results were hailed as historic by legalization activists.

Ontario college recognizes Annishnabe territory
Georgian College marked Ontario’s inaugural Treaties Recognition Week on Wednesday, Nov. 2 by unveiling a plaque acknowledging that college campuses are located on traditional Anishnaabeg land.
The ceremony was followed by a workshop about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, led by Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux of Lakehead University.
As part of moving forward, the college says all events will begin with a statement acknowledging that the Anishnaabeg people are the traditional stewards of college land.
President of the college says the decision is part of a nationwide effort to restore trust between Indigenous peoples and public institutions.

Standing Rock calls on US President to halt pipeline
Tribal Chairman for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation says the election of Donald Trump to the Whitehouse increases a sense of uncertainty surrounding the tribe’s fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
David Archambault says election results indicate America has a lot of work to do as a country, to strengthen its resolve to protect water and the children yet to come.
The chairman called on President Barak Obama to intervene and stop the pipeline and honour treaty rights of tribes across America.

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