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Jukasa News Update Wednesday February 15, 2017


Survivors win class action suit
A judge has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs the 60s Scoop class action lawsuit — saying the federal government had a responsibility to protect the cultural identity of the children affected.
The ruling means courts must now determine how much Ottawa must pay Scoop survivors in compensation.
The plaintiffs originally were suing for $1.3 billion for loss of cultural identity during forcible removal of Ontario indigenous children from their homes and adoption into white homes from the 1960’s through to the 1980s.
Kindergarten classes to get max student allowance
Ontario says 30 kids is the maximum amount of students they are allowing in full-day kindergarten classes.
The new contract extension also gives the provinces public school teachers a 4% raise over the next two years — bringing compensation equal to that of Catholic and French teachers.
The regulations are likely to take effect this fall but will not be finalized until the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario ratifies.

?AFN says 60s Scoop kids deserved their culture
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde  says the children of the Sixties Scoop deserve justice, healing and reconciliation.
Bellegarde said the Sixties Scoop was part of an ongoing attempt by Canada to rob First Nations children of their language, rights and identity. 
And says children have the right to speak their language and stay connected to their heritage. 
A judge ruled in favour of survivors in a class action lawsuit this week -potentially awarding billions to nearly 16,000 survivors spanning over three decades of abuse.
Tribe seeking DAPL stoppage in federal court
Standing Rock is asking a federal court to stop the Republican government’s push to complete the Dakota Access pipeline and overturn permits.
The Tribe’s summary judgment asks the Court to overturn the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers easement for the pipeline issued without environmental review or consideration of treaty rights.
The Tribe is seeking resolution of the claims on an expedited schedule that would have the issues resolved before the pipeline can go into operation.
Lawyer for Standing Rock says the Trump Administration is circumventing the law in it’s push for the project to be completed without legal consideration of Sioux treaty rights or an environmental assessment.

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