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Jukasa News Update – Thursday, October 7, 2021


Investigators say an indigenous man who was shot and killed by police in New Brunswick died in a provoked altercation they claim was a suicide by cop mission.
Police attempted to get Levi to drop two knives he was wielding and jolted him three times with a Taser. Officers testifying at the inquest said at one point Levi said told them to shoot him and lunged toward an officer. That is when he was shot twice.
Zed said he believes suicide by cop is present in a third of all police shootings. He said more services are needed for mental health in New Brunswick and they must also be culturally sensitive by involving members of First Nations communities.
Levis family were upset with the theory and said he was not suicidal.
Earlier Tuesday, doctors told the inquest there is a need for greater services to deal with addictions and mental health issues. The five-member coroner’s jury was told that Levi, from the Metepenagiag First Nation, suffered for years with addiction to numerous drugs including crystal meth.
A coroner’s inquest does not assign blame but issues recommendations intended to help prevent a death under similar circumstances in the future.

The existence of systemic racism in the way Joyce Echaquan was treated in a Quebec hospital is undeniable, coroner Gehane Kamel said Tuesday, a few days after releasing her report on the Indigenous woman’s death.
Kamel oversaw the inquiry into the death of Echaquan, finding that the demise of the indigenous woman was accidental but avoidable. The coroner said the racism and prejudice she was subjected to contributed to her death, and Kamel recommended the government should recognize the existence of systemic racism and make a commitment to root it out of institutions.
Echaquan filmed herself on Facebook Live as a nurse and an orderly were heard making derogatory comments toward her shortly before her death Sept. 28, 2020, at a hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal.
The video of her treatment went viral and drew outrage and condemnation, and the final report into her death concluded her initial diagnosis was based on prejudice and she wasn’t properly monitored before finally being transferred to intensive care.
Echaquan died of a pulmonary edema that was linked to a rare heart condition.

A family from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory was the featured winner of Family Feud Canada.
Kimberlee Maracle and her husband — Mohawk musician David R. Maracle — appeared on the Canadian version of the long-running television game show on October 4.
The family opened the show with the Iroquois Stomp Dance, bearing Lacrosse sticks, and representing Mohawk love for lacrosse by wearing Tyendinaga Thunder jersey’s.
The Maracle family was chosen out of 1000 other families that auditioned for the show.
The show is now streaming on CBC Gem.
The Maracle’s defeated their opponents but did not win the $10,000 fast money prize.
They have been invited to come back in another episode to defend their winning title.
The show is now streaming on CBC Gem.

Six Nations active COVID-19 cases are on a steady decline. Ohsweken Public Health reported 8 active cases and 1 person in the hospital on October 5. Currently there are 67 people in self-isolation and no new reported deaths.
The current infection rate is sitting at 31 cases per 100,000 — that is matching the regional infection rates and far beneath the current rates in Brant County of 44 cases per 100,000 and Hamilton with 52 cases per 100,000.
None of the positive confirmed cases in the last seven days were in vaccinated individuals.
The decline in infections is a hopeful indication. The fourth wave of infections on the territory saw Six Nations with rates the highest in the entire province, more than eight times the provincial average. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Six Nations has counted 670 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases with 655 resolved and 13 deaths.

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