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Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, March 9, 2020


Local vaccination clinics have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine in the region.
Six Nations opened it’s first vaccination site distributing 295 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines with another 200 set to be given this week.
Mississaugas of the Credit had their first vaccine clinic this weekend, which saw 444 people receive the first shot of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.
Urban Indigenous people in Brantford-Brant and Haldimand-Norfolk were also being scheduled in at vaccine clinics in the surrounding region.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations have been identified by the province as high risk and are a part of the 1.8 million people in the province the Ontario government has targeted in it’s Phase 1 plan of vaccine distribution.
The province says nearly 274,000 people have been fully vaccinated in Ontario.

Six Nations is in mourning this week after two more people have died from COVID-19.
The two latest deaths and spike in infections have taken a significant toll on Six Nations longhouse community – prompting hereditary chiefs and clan mothers to issue a statement urging people to stay home and excusing people from participating in ceremonies until further notice.
Currently there are 60 active cases of COVID-19 on Six Nations with 5 people in hospital. Another 346 people are in isolation.
To date there have been 398 positive covid cases in the community and 5 deaths.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment has charged a 19-year-old individual following an assault investigation at an address on Argyle Street North in Caledonia, Haldimand County, ON.
On Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2:36 a.m., OPP responded to Argyle Street North for a report of an assault where a victim sustained an injury from a weapon.
OPP investigation determined two individuals were on Argyle Street North when they became involved in a verbal dispute that escalated into a physical dispute. A friend to one of the individuals intervened to stop the altercation when they were struck with an edged weapon.
The victim attended a local area hospital and was treated for minor injuries.
Further investigation identified the suspect involved.
OPP has charged 19-year-old Christina SAVOIA of Caledonia, Haldimand County, ON with Assault with a weapon.
The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga at a later date to answer the charge.

The Ontario Government is providing $1.2 million dollars to the City of Brantford and $434,000.00 to the County of Brant in new provincial funding to help address ongoing COVID-19-related operating costs.
The new financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services during the pandemic and keep capital projects on track.
Yesterday’s announcement is part of the province’s $500 million investment to help ensure the stability of Ontario’s 444 municipalities as they plan for the year ahead.
The funding is being prioritized to help municipalities hardest hit by the pandemic and can be used for things like personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and by-law enforcement.

COVID-19 has magnified the effects of systemic discrimination against Indigenous women in Canada.
Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Canada’s colonial legacy has played a role in worse outcomes for Indigenous women.
She said that includes more layoffs, a lack of child care and a spike in family violence.
Having to remain isolated and apart from extended families has affected Indigenous women’s physical, mental and spiritual health disproportionately more than other women in Canada while resources to deal with mental-health problems are limited, since many Indigenous communities are small and remote.
Health officials say violence against women, especially domestic violence, has intensified since the pandemic by about 60 per cent, and many women don’t feel safe to report being physically abused to the RCMP.

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