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Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, July 7, 2020


More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately.
The letter demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos _ with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched a “ thorough review ” of its name.
Several team sponsors have come out in favour of change recently and Snyder showed his first indication of willingness to do so amid a nationwide movement to erase racially insensitive symbols.

Ontario is set to introduce new legislation to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year.
The proposed law would allow the government to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time, with the law expiring a year after it’s passed.
Under current legislation, the province can only issue emergency orders while the state of emergency is in place.
Ontario’s state of emergency is set to expire July 15 and Premier Doug Ford has said he hoped not to extend it again.

The BC First Nations Health Authority says 89 members of its community fatally overdosed from illicit drugs across British Columbia between January and May, an increase of 93 per cent compared with the same period last year.
The authority’s acting chief medical officer, Dr. Shannon McDonald, said Monday that measures to control the spread of COVID-19 have led to people overdosing alone as they are less likely to access harm-reduction services, whose operations have been limited by the pandemic.
Sixteen per cent of all overdose deaths in the province up to May of this year involved people from First Nations, which represent only 3.4 per cent of B.C.’s population.

One-third of Canada’s Indigenous workers are in jobs facing a high risk of automation, a new report has found.
Researchers at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business spent roughly a year studying 33 sectors and how advances in automation will affect Indigenous workers in those industries.
About 250,000 jobs _ or 33.8 per cent of roles held by Indigenous workers across Canada _ are currently concentrated in industries with a high risk of automation, says the report released on Monday.
Indigenous people in Canada represent four per cent of the total labour force and generate a combined household income of about $30 billion a year, according to Statistics Canada.
The research also found that 131,000 Indigenous workers are employed in sectors with the highest levels of automation risk, including accommodation and food services, retail trade, construction, transportation and warehousing, and management and administration.
Those at-risk industries account for approximately $2.43 billion of Indigenous wage revenue.

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