Jukasa News Update Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Canada not providing children sufficient mental health help on reserve
An internal governmentt memo says the federal government is failings to provide adequate care for First Nations children with mental health issues.
The memo was uncovered by NDP critic Charlie Angus and says in extreme cases First Nations parents are surrendering their children to child welfare in hopes they will get the critical care needed.
The report admits funding for mental health needs on reserve are not equal to that of children in the rest of Canada, and says not enough on reserve services exist on reserve to meet mental health demands for first nations children.
Christmas Day fire at Six Nations factory
A fire broke out in a factory on Six Nations Christmas afternoon.
Six Nations Firefighters battled the fire with help brought in by Brant and Haldimand County fire services.
Approximately two hours into the battle the fire was reported knocked down. No injuries were reported and no victims were located.
Officials say the fire is considered arson. No damage estimate has been released. The Ontario Fire Marshall and Six Nations Police are investigating.
Author’s indigenous heritage claims questioned
Canadian author Joseph Boyden’s heritage is under scrutiny after an APTN investigation revealed inconsistencies in the writer’s claims to indigenous ancestry.
Boyden released a statement on his Twitter account saying he is of mostly Celtic heritage with indigenous roots on both sides of his family.
The writer has been heralded across the country as a breakthrough indigenous literary artist, presented to the Order of Canada and appointed an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The APTN investigation claims there is a lack of evidence to support Boyden’s claims of indigenous ancestry.
Man arrested after a home invasion in Mount Pleasant
One man is arrested and another sought by police after a home invasion in Mount Pleasant Thursday night.
The residents of the home, a 21 year old male and his 20 year old girlfriend were assaulted after two unknown men followed them into their home without permission.
The man was beaten by the pair and the female shoved into a closet in the home.
Officers later arrested a 29 year old Norwich man without incident as one of the assailants. He is charged with a slew of charges including two counts of Assault, Posession of Heroin and Uttering Death Threats.
Police are still seeking the second assailant in the incident.
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