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Jukasa News Update Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Six Nations of the Grand River announced extensive actions to combat the spread of coronavirus in the community.
Six Nations Emergency Control Group took action to recommend all Six Nations schools and daycares and all council owned and Parks and Recreation building are closed through to April 6. All community events, Six Nations Bingo has been cancelled and non-essential council department staff will be working from home.
The Six Nations Family Health Team is not doing in person appointments and has transitioned to telephone appointments through to April.
Six Nations nursing home Iroquois Lodge is now closed to all outside visitors and is conducting health screening of all staff prior to entry.
A community drive-thru testing site is being constructed outside the Six Nations Community Hall.
There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Ontario announced new funding for indigenous apprenticeship training.
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced the approval of Six Nations Polytechnic as an apprenticeship Training Delivery Agent. The post-secondary institute is the first Indigenous Institute to be granted this status and can now deliver apprenticeship training for three trades: general machinist, cook and welder.
Ontario is making a historic investment of $20.8 million into its Pre-Apprenticeship Program this year, an increase of $5 million from the previous year, to help introduce and provide free pre-trades training to over 1,800 people. Training is delivered by Ontario colleges, private career colleges, union and non-union training centres and other community organizations.

Six Nations Police investigated a sudden workplace death on the territory Friday.
A worker on Third Line was found to have no vital signs at a private residence about 300 meters away from the road after assisting to move a piece of heavy machinery onto a float. Police say a portion of the equipment shifted while it was being moved and the man succumbed to the injuries he received. The man is described as a 60 years old from Algoma Mills, Ontario and was pronounced dead at the scene. Blind River Police were assisting Six Nations to notify next of kin. The Ontario Coroners office and and the Ministry of Labour are investigating.

Ontario announced new measures to protect workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier Doug Ford and Miniter of Labor Monte McNaughton are introducing legislation that would immediately provide job protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 or anyone who needs to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures.
The proposed legislation would ensure employees do not require a medical note and would be retroactive to January 25 ,the date of the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Ontario.

Ontario took action Tuesday morning to declare a state of emergency in the province and order the immediate closure of all restaurants, daycares, private schools to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement banning public events of more than 50 people including parades, special events and services within places of worship.
The ban is in place until March 31.
Shopping malls are not included but Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said he is monitoring the situation.
Essential services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, public transit, manufacturing facilities, construction sites and office buildings will continue to operate.

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