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Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Metis and non-status Indians across Canada have filed a class action lawsuit against the Canadian government for loss of culture and identity during the ’60s Scoop.
In an untested statement of claim, the survivors of the Scoop argue they were deprived of their identities by being taken from their families and placed with non-aboriginal families.
The claim seeks a court declaration that the government breached its duty toward the plaintiffs and seeks unspecified damages.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, said its unclear how many people might be taken in by the class or what an appropriate level of compensation might be if the claim is successful.

Saint Mary’s University in Halifax has appointed a president’s advisory council on Indigenous affairs, calling it another stage in its commitment to reconciliation.
The school’s president says the university is committed to advancing support for Indigenous students and strengthening connections to the community.
He says the advice and guidance of the council will be a great resource for the university.

The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project.
The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation was shut down Thursday as the transmission lines to the provincial grid were energized.
The work is part of the project launched in 2015, which will connect remote communities to the grid over an 1,800-kilometre transmission line.

A bill meant to help authorities solve cases in which Native American women go missing or are killed on tribal land looks like it will expire before getting a vote in the U.S. House.
The Senate passed the initiative sponsored by an outgoing Democratic North Dakota Senator who says the bill is being blocked by a Virginia Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
The measure is named “Savanna’s Act” for Savanna Greywind, a murdered North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb. The bill aims to improve tribal access to federal crime information databases and create standardized protocols for responding to cases of missing or murdered Native American women.

Quebec’s human rights commission is launching an investigation into the treatment of Inuit children in the province’s foster care system.
The commission says it has received information suggesting some Inuit children living in Montreal-area group homes were told not to speak Inuktitut and suffered consequences if they did.
The commission says some of the children may not have been assigned a social worker when they were transferred from Quebec’s north.
The allegations concern the provincially run health and social services centre, west of Montreal.
The commission says it will attempt to verify whether the rights of youth have been violated and take steps to rectify any failings.

 A judge has denied an injunction against the split of two Manitoba junior hockey leagues that some allege deliberately excluded Indigenous teams.
The lawyer representing the First Nations teams had argued that all the “white teams” got together and formed a new Junior league.
All of the teams were part of the Keystone Junior Hockey League until May when five non-Indigenous teams left to create the Capital Region League.
The new league argued it was formed because parents were concerned about long bus drives after 16 people were killed and 13 injured when the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus collided with a truck in Saskatchewan.
Justice Herbert Rempel says he could not rule on the motivation for the split or whether racism played a role.

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