Jukasa News Update Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games launches this weekend with a heavy focus on lacrosse.
For the first time in its 25 year history, women’s box lacrosse is set to make its debut at the games with teams representing six provinces across Canada.
Three venues across Haudenosaunee territory — Six Nations’ Gaylord Powless Arena & Iroquois Lacrosse Arena and Hamilton’s Harry Howell Arena — will be hosting the lacrosse games Monday July 17 to Friday July 21.
Teams of players ranging in age from 13-19 years old from across Canada and the United States are set to compete.
All games are free of charge and open to the public. Several of the games will also be live broadcast online via CBC.
The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation has entered an agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union to work together on justice for First Nations.
The partnership recognizes the sovereignty and treaty rights of all First Nations communities, and pledges to uphold all of the 94 calls to action released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Currently the OPSEU has an indigenous mobilization team working towards helping Sixties Scoop survivors, helping with the upcoming World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education and pursuing the federal government to declare Aboriginal Day a national holiday.
Police have identified a 54-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash in Brant County.
Investigators say a pickup truck rolled over (on St. George Street) around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and ended up in a ditch.
They say the driver, Gregory Ashworth of Brantford, was ejected from the truck.
He later died in hospital.
No one else was in the truck.
Police say they are still looking into what caused the crash.
The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says Marilyn Poitras has resigned as a commissioner.
The decision comes shortly after the departure of the commission’s executive director, Michele Moreau, who cited personal reasons in her resignation.
Poitras was named last summer to the highly-anticipated inquiry along with four others including chief commissioner Marion Buller.
She has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan since 2009.
The federal government has earmarked $53.8 million and two years for the inquiry but Buller has already indicated more time and funding will be required.
Indigenous advocates and leaders have raised concerns about the process and about the communication surrounding its work.