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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, December 6, 2016


AFN to discuss on-reserve sexual abuse and incest with federal leaders
The AFN National chief says he’ll be meeting with federal cabinet ministers about sexual abuse in indigenous communities.
Bellegarde is under pressure by national leaders at the AFN to publicly address the issue of on-reserve sexual abuse and incest
National leaders have flagged alarming widespread levels of sex abuse and incest within reserve communities.
Some experts are linking those issues to the suicide crisis among indigenous youth.
Bellegarde says chiefs from across the country need to come together to address the issue, long buried in silence and shame.

Chiefs of Ontario offer support for 60s scoop survivors in class action suit
Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day says that the Chiefs of Ontario stand in solidarity with the survivors of the Sixties Scoop class action suit against the federal government.
Day says practices of the child welfare system during the Sixties Scoop are a source of great trauma for the Indigenous community.
Day says finding resolution and justice in the courts will be a vital step in terms of recovery and healing in our community
The federal government pressed an Ontario Superior Court justice last week to dismiss a landmark $1.3-billion class action, filed on behalf of thousands of those survivors in 2009, that argues Canada failed to protect cultural heritage with devastating consequences. The decision will be heard at a later date.

Minority party stands in solidarity with Standing Rock
National Director of America’s Working Families Party commended the rejection of the easement sought by the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Dan Cantor says the greed of climate profiteers was no match for the water protectors and their call for dignity, indigenous rights and the future of our planet.
The director applauded the Obama administration for taking action to stop Energy Transfer Partners treaty infringement of the Sioux nation.
Cantor says republicans are already planning a major fossil fuel blitz, no matter the cost and called for communities across the states to fight against reckless resource extraction.

Indigenous Environmental Network says more threats to water after Trump
The Indigenous Environmental Network called the denial of an easement permit for Energy Transfer Partners to dig beneath the Missouri River a great victory.
Dallas Goldtooth, lead organizer for the network says the announcement is an amazing victory for Standing Rock and the Oceti Sakowin  — but also for the many other Tribal Nations, grassroots Indigenous communities and millions of Americans around the country who have stood in solidarity.
Goldtooth called on supporters to keep up the pressure and says that victory isn’t guaranteed after president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Goldtooth said more threats are likely in the year to come, and says opposition to the project cannot stop until the pipeline is stopped.

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