Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Affordable housing for Akwesasne Mohawks
The federal government announced a new affordable housing project for the Mohawk community of Akwesasne.
Two new triplexes will provide housing for 20 people in the community aimed at low income and single parent families.
Nearly $1 million dollars to fund the project will be contributed by Ottawa and Akwesasne.
The homes are expected to be complete in 2018.
Health minister meets with men switched at birth
Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott had an emotional meeting with two indigenous men switched at birth more than 40 years ago.
Philpott said the men shared the trauma of making this discovery well into their adult lives.
The men were born on the same day at at the Norway House Indian Hospital in 1975, but given to the wrong parents.
DNA tests revealed the mix-up earlier this year. This was the second case of two men switched at birth at the same hospital in 1975.
The RCMP are investigating both cases.
Quebec AFN calls for provincial police inquiry
Quebec native leaders are renewing calls for a public inquiry into the relationship between police and First Nations communities in the province.
Quebec’s AFN Chief Ghislain Picard says it is unacceptable that the provincial government has refused to look deeper into the issues.
He was reacting to last week’s decision by Crown officials not to charge any of the six provincial police officers accused of abusing native women in the northern Quebec town of Val d’Or, Que.
Picard says Quebec is hiding behind the federal National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The province said Friday it would create a “working round-table on the quality of relations between police forces and indigenous people.’’
Man sentenced time served in death of Tashina General and unborn baby
The Six Nations man convicted in the 2008 death of Tashina General and her unborn baby walked away a free man from a Brantford courtroom Monday.
Kent Owen Hill pled guilty to manslaughter in Tashina’s death and was sentenced to time served.
Tashina was reported missing to police in January of 2008 – prompting a massive search across Ontario. Her remains, along with her unborn child, were discovered four months later in a shallow grave behind Hill’s parents home on Six Nations.
DNA testing proved Hill was father of the child.
A judge said Hill served just over eight years in pre-trial custody – totalling the equivalent of 15 years in jail.
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