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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Officials say a teacher at an Albuquerque high school will no longer work for the school district after she was accused of calling one Native American student a “bloody Indian” and cutting the braid of another.
Officials for the school board wouldn’t say whether the teacher resigned or was fired — but that the decision was effective immediately.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the teacher’s acts were part of a “Halloween stunt.” He says one teen’s parents told him it was traumatizing.

The Liberal government says it will introduce federal legislation on Indigenous child and family services in the new year, written in co-operation with Indigenous groups.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says Canada has taken Indigenous kids from their families for more than a century through residential schools and child-welfare agencies.
Philpott says this proposed legislation will end that. She says taking kids away because their families live in poverty or because they have unresolved health issues will not be allowed.
 Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed says the decision is an unprecedented initiative that will ensure the survival, dignity and well-being of families, communities and nation for generations to come.

The Manitoba Metis Federation has lost its bid for a temporary injunction to block the cancellation of a multimillion-dollar agreement it had with the province and Manitoba Hydro.
Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal dismissed the federation’s application Wednesday.
The $20 million agreement was made by the previous NDP government.
The province had already paid out $5 million to the federation before the newly elected Progressive Conservative government announced that is pulling out of the deal.
Federation president David Chartrand says he is disappointed with the ruling, but noted the Metis could still sue the province in civil court.

Brantford mayor Kevin Davis was officially sworn-in Monday evening before a full house of supporters.
Davis is replacing Chris Friel who had six terms as the city’s mayor. Davis defeated Friel in the October municipal election by over 5600 votes.
The new mayor says he hopes to foster relationship with Six Nations and New Credit First Nation to share work on projects that would be mutually beneficial to all communities.

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