Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Officials with the Kahnbawa:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission say they are in the final stages of enacting the community’s custom Cannabis Law.
The new legislation was read aloud to the community in it’s entirety on December 4. A certification signing of the law followed by Mohawk officials with the community’s legislative committee.
The event was live-streamed by local radio station K103.7FM and will be available to public viewing on the KLCC website.
Officials with the KLCC say the final version will be presented for ratification on December 10.
For two days, more than 100 competitors from the main indigenous groups of Panama converged for the second time to celebrate their ancestral games.
These games held in the Embera town of Piriati, and drew athletes who will represent Panama in the coming World Indigenous Peoples Games.
Panama attended the first world competition in Brazil in 2015 and participated in Canada in 2017.
Ottawa and Inuit groups say they’ve reached a deal on a vast new marine protected area in Canada’s Arctic that will directly benefit the people living there.
The agreement makes the waters north of Baffin Island one step closer to becoming Canada’s largest protected area.
Formerly called Lancaster Sound, it is now Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area.
The area is home to most of the world’s narwhal, beluga and bowhead whale populations.
The habitat also provides protection for the seals, walrus, polar bears and seabirds integral to Inuit life.
Inuit have fought to protect the area against oil and gas exploration since the 1960s
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is calling the forced sterilization of Indigenous women a “gross human-rights violation” that must immediately end.
Bellegarde says the scope of the problem must be examined across Canada, and the practice is reprehensible.
He also points to a resolution passed by First Nations chiefs this summer at the AFN annual general assembly calling for increased awareness about the issue, efforts to stop it and support for survivors seeking redress.
Bellegarde’s comments come as Maurice Law, a Canadian law firm, and Amnesty International Canada look to raise the issue at the United Nations Committee Against Torture this month.
In its submission to the UN committee, the firm says it is seeking to advance legal reforms on the “modern-day forced sterilization of Indigenous women in publicly funded and administered hospitals in Canada.”
The firm is leading a proposed class action against all health regions across Saskatchewan, the federal and Saskatchewan governments and individual medical professionals.
Hundreds of people gathered outside Parliament Hill Tuesday to protest Canada’s proposed federal changes to relations with reserves.
Ottawa rolled out a new Rights Recognition Framework. Organizers with the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians say the new policies are a bait and switch tactic targeting small and chronically underfunded reserves by luring them with promises of secure funding if they agree to subject to Canada’s jurisdiction and adopt a municipal form of governance.
Officials with the AIAI say communities agreeing to the new framework are surrendering their status as sovereign nations and say the policy undermines a nation to nation relationship.
- Previous Jukasa News Update Tuesday, December 4, 2018
- Next Jukasa News Update – Monday, December 10, 2018