Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, November 15, 2016
UN says DAPL violating indigenous treaty and human rights
The United Nations says the US government is ignoring the treaty rights and human rights of indigenous tribes along the Dakota Access pipeline.
The statement comes from the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues after officials visited the opposition camps at Standing Rock.
Edward John, a member of the UN organization, said he met with officers at Standing Rock and called it a “war zone”.
Ontario reserve on new boil water advisory
An Ontario First Nation is under a new boil water advisory.
The 700 Residents of the North Caribou Lake First Nation have been without clean drinking water since last week.
Officials estimate the community could be under the advisory for at least another two weeks.
Last month main line pump and water filters for the community became clogged. Officials are still unsure why but there are concerns a rash outbreak in the community could be connected to the issue.
National demonstrations planned against Dakota Access pipeline
Environmental groups across all United States are planning demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline today.
Actions are planned in every state.
Groups including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Honour the Earth and Greenpeace USA want to get the attention of President Barak Obama to permanently halt the pipeline.
President of the Waterkeeper Alliance and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is expected to visit the Oceti Sakowin camp and speak to the people of Standing Rock in solidarity with their stand.
Spokespeople for the Dakota Access pipeline are saying the pipeline will be complete by December 1st. And expect president-elect Donald Trump will support the projects completion.
Charges could be pending against SQ officers
Crown officials in Quebec say they may lay charges against provincial officers for sexually assaulting indigenous women.
Lawyers have finished analyzing 37 cases from Montreal Police, investigating reports the SQ systemically sexually assaulted indigenous women surrounding Val D’Or — a community about 500 km northwest of Montreal.
The case got massive media attention earlier this year.
An announcement on the case is expected this Friday.
US says environmental and tribal consultation needed to okay pipeline
The US Army Corps of Engineers says it needs more study and tribal input before allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to cross beneath a Missouri River reservoir.
The decision delays approval of the project but does not guarantee permanent stoppage.
Pipeline owners Energy Transfer Partners have been aggressively promoting near completion of the pipeline, announcing it was preparing to drill beneath the Missouri late last week.
Environmental activists are set to rally across the country today in opposition of the project.