Jukasa News Update Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A treaty that founded Winnipeg has marked its 200 year anniversary.
The 1817 Peguis-Selkirk Treaty established the Red River Settlement.
In celebration of the treaty members of the Manitoba Living History Society held reenactments of the treaty signing.
The treaty established the initial relationship between First Nations people and the Crown in Western Canada.
Canada’s premiers went ahead with meetings Monday with Indigenous leaders in spite of a boycott by three leading national bodies.
Heads of the AFN, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council announced the boycott, demanding full and meaningful inclusion in the larger annual gathering at the Council of the Federation.
Leadership from the Congress of Indigenous Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada decided to not participate in the boycott.
Alberta Premiere Racheal Notley says the premieres are fully committed to engaging with all organizations on the issues facing the indigenous community.
An Ontario court has halted a long disputed limestone quarry project on the Bruce Peninsula.
Last week a judge ruled the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources failed to consult with the Ojibways of Saugeen before approving the project.
The ruling says the ministry did not properly notify the First Nation of the project until three years after the application was filed.
Health Minister Jane Philpott says new mental health workers arrived in Pikangikum First Nation to help hundreds of people seeking support.
Additional nurses are also being sent to the reserve as part of an immediate response action to the suicide crisis in that community.
Phillpott says members of the community told her they are “exhausted and shaken.”
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says many communities are facing similar emotional exhaustion as they deal with the suicide crisis.
Leadership from the communities are expected to meet with provincial officials in the coming days to determine long term solutions to supporting those communities.