Jukasa News Update Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Police are investigating the deaths of two indigenous people at a home in Thunder Bay that they believe are homicides.
Officers were called to a home Sunday where the two bodies were found.
The victims were identified as 50 year old Robert Gray of Mishkeegogammang First Nation and 22 year old Kory Campbellokf Cat Lake First Nation.
Autopsies will be conducted in Toronto.
Authorities say they are not releasing further details of the case.
Drake surprised Toronto audiences Sunday night with a surprise performance at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.
During the show the artist acknowledged the indigenous history of the city and Canada.
The show was part of Canada Day celebrations held across the city this weekend.
Two members of Canada’s military were involved in a confrontation at an indigenous ceremony in Halifax on Canada Day.
Five men are reported to have surrounded a group of indigenous people; mocking and interrupting a ceremony mourning the cultural loss of the Mikmaq.
The group later identified themselves as The Proud Boys, Martime chapter.
The Proud Boys Canadian Chapters Facebook page says they are “a fraternal organization of Western Chauvinists who will no longer apologize for creating the modern world” and do not discriminate on the basis of race or sexuality.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its executive director.
The inquiry issued a statement Friday afternoon saying its executive director Michele Moreau would be officially leaving July 21 for personal reasons. They have not said when a new executive will be hired.
Several other executives and staff have left the national inquiry in recent months.
NWAC says survivor families need reassurance that the national inquiry is not in jeopardy.
The inquiry already held a session with families in Whitehorse in the spring, but has yet to schedule dates in other communities.
The association’s president, Francyne Joe, says this could be a pivotal moment to bring in new leadership as the inquiry reviews its process.
Officials have set a goal to have the executive director position filled by September.