Jukasa News Update Wednesday, April 4, 2018
An Ex-Pastor from Six Nations has been granted full parole after serving six years of a concurrent 10 year sentence.
Ronald Burning was convicted of 13 counts of sexual assault against children and teens at his church and the church’s school dating from 1971 through to 2009.
Burning was released on day parole in June of last year. The board says he is in poor health. Burning is not to have contact with anyone under 18 or to be in the company of children. He remains on Ontario’s sex offender registry.
Six Nations Polytechnic and Tap Resources were awarded Best Conference at the 2018 Canadian Event Industry Awards for their work on the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.
The conference brought Native Americans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Maori, Ainu and Sami people from around the world together for culturally grounded strategies on Indigenous education.
In January, the conference’s organization partners received the regional Best Conference Award for the WIPCE conference and were automatically advanced to the national level.
One of the recipients, TAP Resources President Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald said it is the first time an Indigenous program and collaborative has won this recognition in Canada.
The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system, a measure that makes good on a Liberal promise to change the way juries are selected.
A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill Thursday that, if passed, would eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process without providing a reason for doing so.
Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said she is pleased about the proposed changes and hopes the presence of Indigenous jurors will translate into more justice for Indigenous Peoples.
Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.
Jane Philpott said the government is working with the tribunal to confirm every one of its orders has been fulfilled.
In 2007 indigenous child rights activist Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission calling out Ottawa for funding indigenous children child welfare on reserve less than those off reserve receive.
The tribunal sided with Blackstock and ruled the government discriminates against First Nations kids because they can only get the same child-welfare funding and programs if they are taken into care, often out of their communities and into non-Indigenous homes.
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