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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Saskatchewan is says it is making changes to it’s justice system that would disqualify First Nations chiefs and council members from jury duty.
This is the first province in Canada to move to exclude chief and council from serving on a jury.
Saskatchewan has been under criticism for not having enough indigenous representation on it’s juries, following the shooting death of Colten Boushie in 2016.
Provincial officials say the change is to prevent any potential conflict of interest and give chief and council members the same regulations as elected municipal officials, city councillors and mayors who are also excluded from jury selection.

BC is pledging $50 million dollars to bring high speed internet to nearly 200 rural and remote indigenous communities.
The grant is the largest single investment in the province’s Connecting British Columbia program since its beginning in 2015.
So far the program has brought internet services to 83 indigenous communities.

Indigenous elected officials are in Ottawa today for the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly.
The three day forum will see national discussions on issues like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, security for indigenous women and girls and clean water provisions in First Nations communities.
Trudeau’s new Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, will be presenting to the chiefs on Tuesday, as well as NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

The mother of an Indigenous reservist who took his own life alleges in a lawsuit against the federal government that senior commanders were negligent when her son experienced racism and bullying as a soldier in Manitoba.
Cpl. Nolan Caribou, 26, committed suicide during a training exercise at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in November 2017.
Caribou was an infantryman for five years with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles of the 38 Canadian Brigade Group based out of Winnipeg’s Minto Armouries.
The lawsuit alleges he was passed over for promotions, bullied and harassed because of his race, and that his superiors knew about the torment but did nothing about it, which directly resulted in his wrongful death.
The allegations have not been proven in court and a statement of defence has not been submitted. The family is seeking unspecified damages.

Creators of the popular Baby Shark song are developing a version in the Dine language.
Pinkfong, a company from South Korea, has partnered with the Navajo Nation Museum in Arizona to create a new version of the song about a family of sharks.
Now, Pinkfong is looking for voice actors to fill the roles of Baby Shark, Momma Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark and Grandpa Shark.
The original Baby Shark video has nearly 4billion views on YouTube.

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