Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Two Ohsweken residents are facing drug charges after a search at a home on First Line.
Police say they executed a search warrant on March 10 and uncovered a cocaine trafficking operation.
Large amounts of Canadian and American cash were recovered along with drug trafficking implements containing cocaine residue.
A 21 year old female and 31 year old male, both of Ohsweken were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. An infant child was located at the home during the search. Police say Six Nations child protection services Ogwadenideo were called in to assist with the infant.
Identities of both of the accused are being withheld to protect the identity of the child.
Six Nations is mourning the loss of three community members over the weekend from COVID-19.
The recent deaths bring the total loss from the pandemic to 8.
Six Nations Elected Chief Mark Hill offered a moment of silence to honour those who have passed in an address posted to social media over the weekend.
Chief Hill also shared an update that 6000 of the Moderna vaccines have arrived in the community. Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council says the number of vaccines exceeds the number of people on waiting list to be vaccinated, meaning everyone who wants a vaccine can schedule an appointment to receive one – eliminating the need for a priority matrix.
Two Quebec nurses have been suspended without pay after allegedly mocking an Indigenous woman at a public clinic in Joliette, Que.
The incident is alleged to have taken place on Friday in the same city where another Indigenous woman, Joyce Echaquan, died in hospital last September after she filmed staff making derogatory comments about her.
Ghislain Picard, grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, first publicized the story on Facebook, saying the nurses allegedly told an Indigenous patient they would call her “Joyce” in reference to the 37-year-old Atikamekw woman who died.
Caroline Barbir, interim head of the regional health authority in Joliette, says she was shocked to hear about the incident and asked for the two employees to be rapidly identified and suspended without pay.
Premier Doug Ford has privately apologized to an Indigenous NDP legislator he accused of “jumping the line” for a COVID-19 vaccine.
The premier’s office says Ford called Sol Mamakwa, who represents the northern riding of Kiiwetinoong, on Friday to apologize for his comments.
Mamakwa says he asked Ford to apologize publicly to Indigenous people in Ontario for making comments that are damaging to the vaccine strategy.
He says he told Ford he appreciated his call but did not accept the apology when they spoke.
Ford had made his comments in the legislature on Thursday and also alleged that unnamed chiefs were upset Mamakwa was vaccinated in a fly-in community “he doesn’t belong to.”
Mamakwa has said he was invited by community leaders to get the shot to help combat vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous residents, who are currently prioritized for shots in the provincial vaccination plan.
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