Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, December 11, 2020
Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Chief Mark Hill says the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to Six Nations residents but will not be mandatory.
It’s not known when Six Nations will receive its first batch of the vaccine or when local health care workers will be inoculated.
Six Nations’ Emergency Control Group will work on a vaccine administration plan.
Indigenous communities are expected to receive 40,000 of the initial Pfizer vaccine doses delivered to Canada.
Six Nations schools could be re-opening in February after federal officials and local educators introduced a variety of new safety measures.
Kathleen Manderville, director of education for Six Nations’ federally-operated schools, unveiled the plan at a Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council meeting on Tuesday morning.
Feb. 1 is the targeted re-opening date.
Six Nations schools were shuttered in March 2020 and have remained closed this year as part of the community’s pandemic emergency response.
A lawyer representing a citizens’ interest group opposed to the sale of the Arrowdale Golf Course in Brantford said the city failed to uphold the Grand River Notification Agreement by sending the notice too late.
Lawyers presented their case before a judicial review last Friday and said the City of Brantford did not notify Six Nations and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) until after the sale was complete.
The agreement is a voluntary agreement between Six Nations, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the City of Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand County and the Grand River Conservation Authority that each party notify each other on matters of common interest on the lands in each county.
Interest groups in Brantford are contesting the sale of the 9-hole golf course situated in the centre of the city of Brantford, arguing that local Indigenous groups were not properly consulted on the sale.
The two men wanted in connection to the shooting death of Andrew Davis are now in police custody and charged with first-degree murder.
Police arrested Andrew Brent Smoke, 24, of Six Nations on December 3. His accomplice, Eric Jerome Smoke, 22, of Hamilton was arrested on December 11.
On Monday, November 30 at around 5:18 p.m. police and ambulance along with the Brant OPP Canine Unit responded to reports of a shooting on Cayuga Road. Police say the victim, 27 year old Andrew Davis, of Six Nations was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering gunshot wounds.
The Six Nations community offered socially distanced condolences to the man’s friends and family. Funeral services were held this weekend.
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