Jukasa News Update Thursday, January 9, 2020
The first baby of Six Nations has been welcomed into the community!
Arriving at 8 lb 4 oz is baby Delia VanEvery, who was born at 9:50 a.m. on January 2 at McMaster Children’s Hospital. The beautiful child is welcomed by parents Shasta Doxtator and Josh VanEvery. New dad Josh VanEvery said that mom is doing really well and they are hoping to bring baby Delia home soon.
National Inuit leader Natan Obed says Ottawa needs to create an indigenous human rights commission as part of its proposed bill on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Obed says indigenous people need an organization that can rule on concerns raised in violation of indigenous rights.
Liberals say they want to pass UNDRIP legislation by the end of 2020.
Obed says indigenous leaders need to meet with provincial and federal leaders to discuss the Calls for Justice made by the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and further discussions on closing infrastructure gaps between First Nations and the rest of Canada by 2030.
Costal GasLink has posted an order at the site of it’s gas pipeline running through Wetsuweten territory, giving hereditary chiefs and supporters 72 hours to leave the premises.
This comes just one year after heavily armed officers raided the Unistoten blockade and arrested 15 protesters.
The Wet’suwet’en chiefs and supporters reclaimed the logging road in April.
All 20 of the elected First Nations councils along the pipeline’s path have signed engagement agreements with CGL granting them access to complete the project.
Five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say the project cannot go through without their consent and have placed a 100 tree barricade across the logging road.
CGL was granted an interlocutory injunction on the project on December 31. Lawyers for the hereditary chiefs say they are discussing a legal appeal of the order.
The pipeline is part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project that will export Canadian natural gas to Asian markets.
First Nations Cable’s internet services were down for a majority of Six Nations customers after construction workers connecting a waterline accidentally severed an underground fibre optic cable.
A6N Superintendent Darryl Hill said the locate forms provided to the construction utility were incorrect and caused the error.
A6N says they worked alongside First Nations Cable to assist in repairing the service as soon as possible.
This is the second instance of A6N accidentally cutting the fibre optic cable — at a cost of $40,000 in damages.
Hill says the first time was worker error but says A6N will not accept liability in this instance as the information given to them by First Nations Cable was incorrect.
Damages in this recent situation are estimated at $75,000.
Six Nations of the Grand River held an appreciation luncheon for three of its senior staff on Tuesday.
Clynt King, SNGR’s Environmental Technician, Chief Financial Officer Gary Phillips and SAO Dayle Bomberry all retired at the end of 2019.
The three were presented certificates of appreciation by Chief Mark Hill and thanked for their decades of service to the community.
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