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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, April 4, 2016


A non-indigenous man has been welcomed as a member of the Fort William First Nation near Thunder Bay.
Damien Lee says he was raised in the community but was never permitted to participate in member oriented events like voting in band elections because he was not a registered band member.
The embracing of Lee as a community member is in stark contrast to the direction other First Nations reserve communities are taking to restrict members and evict members married to non-indigenous partners.

A shooting on the Tyendinaga reserve has left one man dead.
43 year old Ken Ferrill of Tyendinaga was pronounced dead at a local hospital following a shooting on the territory Sunday morning.
A 25 year old man is now in custody in relation to the shooting. He surrendered to police without incident.
The shooter has not been identified by police. An investigation is continuing.

A remote northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after fire destroyed the community’s only grocery store.
The fire began early Sunday morning and gutted the Northern Store of Brochet-Barren Lands Nation.
Chief John Clarke says the building was still smoldering 12 hours later but no one was injured in the blaze.
He says his community of 600 people is in crisis and officials are working around the clock to get essential goods delivered.

Provincial police say four men are facing charges after opioids and other drugs were seized during a search of a home in Waterford, Ont.
They say officers executed the search warrant at the residence last Friday.
OPP say a large quantity of drugs, including hydromorphone, codeine, oxycodone, cocaine and marijuana, was seized.
A 58-year-old Norfolk County man and a 43-year-old Brant County man are charged with possession of hydromorphone, codeine and oxycodone for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana.
Two Nortfolk county men _ aged 50 and 22 _ are charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.

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