Jukasa News Update Wednesday August 8, 2018
Parks Canada says wild plains bison that were reintroduced to Banff National Park are now free roaming animals.
Officials say the 31 bison that were released over the weekend into a 1200 kilometre zone in the park.
Plains bison are an iconic part of Canada’s history, having freely roamed in the Rockies, filling an important need for the livelihoods of First Nations people and early settlers.
They disappeared from the area due to overhunting before the national park was created in 1885.
Ottawa is looking to fix a national housing crisis on reserves across Canada and is now offering $30 million in prize money as part of a contest to find innovative solutions.
The hope is to draw in private sector builders to help finance the construction and repairing of homes in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.
The Liberals are appealing to the private sector to help cover the cost for on-reserve infrastructure to close the estimated $30 billion needed to repair and upgrade homes, roads, and water systems.
An Alaska Yupik community is awaiting the return of about 60,000 artifacts unearthed from a nearby ancient village and sent to Scotland.
The items were sent to be cleaned and preserved at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Archaeologists began excavating the ancient village of Nunalleq nearly a decade ago after permafrost started melting, revealing the items.
Residents in the area started finding the artifacts along the shore in 2009. An investigation by archaeologists then led to a massive dig. Excavators and residents have since raced to save as much as they can before the site is eventually swept away.
The artifacts date back to the Bow and Arrow wars in the 1600s, a time still remembered through Yupik oral history.
A Manitoba teenage girl who took part in the beating of an Indigenous woman that was filmed and shared online has been given the maximum youth sentence for manslaughter.
The girl, who was 16 at the time of the attack, has been sentenced to two years in custody and one year of community supervision.
She pleaded guilty earlier this year to the April 2017 death of Serena McKay on the Sagkeeng First Nation.
McKay was beaten and left outdoors to die by two teens after a house party, and videos of the attack surfaced on social media.
The Crown had asked for an adult sentence of seven years, but Provincial court Judge Lindy Choy rejected that request.
Her co-accused pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in June to three years in jail as a youth.
Brant County Health officials say Three positive cases of West Nile Virus have surfaced in Brant County. The Brant County Health Unit issued an advisory to the public this week, cautioning residents to take precautions and avoid being bitten.
One positive mosquito pool with 11 mosquitoes tested positive for WNV in the pool. The pool was located in West Brant.
West Nile virus is spread to people and animals through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds. The virus does not spread from person to person. Only 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will experience symptoms, and of those, only 20% will become seriously ill.