Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Ontario’s Regional Chief is calling for an award to former Premier Mike Harris to be deferred after it was announced he was being named to the Order of Ontario.
Harris was premier during the OPP raid on land defenders at Ipperwash. A public inquiry into the events found that the OPP, Harris and the federal and provincial governments were at fault for the death of one of the land defenders, Dudley George, who was shot and killed by an OPP officer during the raid.
The inquiry made 100 recommendations to amend the systemic inequities that led up to the death of Dudley George.
Chief Archibald says Premier Harris being named to the province’s highest honour in light of being found responsible for George’s death and failing to implement the recommendations coming from the inquiry are outrageous and is asking the province to defer the award and instead work toward implementing the inquiry’s recommendations.
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Elder Carolyn King has been named to the Order of Canada.
The honoraria comes after decades of King’s work in community development and work to improve Canada’s understanding of First Nations people.
King is the former Chief of Mississauga Credit and the third community member to be named to the Order — joining Justice Harry LaForme and Pat Mandy.
The award will be given in person at a later date.
One local family is celebrating the birth of the first baby of the New Year for three communities.
Adele Melba Grace Sault was born on New Year’s Day just a few hours after midnight at the Brantford General Hospital making her the first baby for Six Nations, Mississaugas of the Credit and Brantford.
Adele is baby sister for the Braylin and second child for Jesse Sault and Shelby Smoke.
No plans have been announced for Six Nations plans to vaccinate frontline workers and elders in the community despite plans for students to head back to school on February 1.
Brant County Health Unit announced they will begin inoculating residents later this week.
Ontario previously announced that First Nations were being placed in priority for the vaccine and says 31 remote communities are receiving the vaccine this week.
But provincial officials, federal officials, Indigenous Services Canada and Six Nations Emergency Control group remain mum on plans for the rollout on Six Nations.
The community is currently at the red alert level for coronavirus infections, warning residents that local health care and emergency responders have reached capacity to manage the outbreak. There are currently 6 active cases on the Territory.
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