Jukasa News Update Tuesday, July 11, 2016
The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network is bringing together international stakeholders and Indigenous leaders representing over 14 countries, to share culturally safe and innovative approaches to reducing HIV infections in the indigenous community.
A 2016 National estimate says 20% of people living with HIV in Canada are not aware of their infection. Up to 24% of those that are aware they have HIV are not taking anti-HIV therapy.
Officials say Indigenous communities play a critical role in reducing those statistics — with HIV infection rates nearly three times higher than among the rest of the population.
Indigenous leaders from the Sioux and Ponca nations have met with leaders from Canada’s First Nations to announce a cross border alliance to stop Tar Sands expansion.
Efforts are now underway with the nations to put a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline.
The historic alliance says they are challenging political powers in both Canada and the USA to continue risking land and water safety on the heels of widespread indigenous resistance and sovereign rights actions across the continent.
Over 130 Nations have signed onto a treaty barring the passage of four pipelines from the Tar Sands to cross through their territories.
Family members of a man who was shot and killed on Six Nations say they are now offering a $5000 reward for information in his death.
Posters and images of 27 year old Dustin Monture were distributed across social media over the weekend, offering the cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death.
Monture was shot and killed on February 21st.
He was initially taken to a hospital in Hagersville with unknown head injuries and later transferred by airlift to Hamilton where doctors discovered he’d been shot in the head.
Six Nations Police have not released any updates into that investigation.
Brantford Police say they are still actively seeking a city man who has been missing since early May.
36 year old Andrew Osborne was last seen on surveillance footage at around 10:30 pm on May 10th walking southbound on Brant Ave.
He is described as a white male, 5’10 tall about 190lbs with a brown beard and shaved head.
He was last seen wearing black and grey checked pyjama pants and a black Sons of Anarchy hoodie.
Family members have not heard anything from him and are continuing their search. Police said all investigations and leads have been followed up on with no confirmed information as to his whereabouts.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Brantford Police.
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