Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, June 17, 2020
An array of Indigenous performers, both established and relative newcomers, join the pool of artists on the long list.
Among them is acclaimed Winnipeg-based folk musician William Prince with “Reliever,” and Edmonton-area rock act Nehiyawak’s “Nipiy.”
Anachnid, an Oji-Cree and Mi’kmaq performer based in Montreal, is being recognized for her debut “Dreamweaver,” while Inuk electo-pop singer Riit is on the list with “Ataataga.”
The projects are among 40 records that will progress to the next stage of consideration, a short list of 10 contenders to be revealed on July 16.
The Polaris is considered one of the country’s most prestigious music awards and, beyond its cash value of $50,000, puts the winner’s music in the global spotlight.
Child care providers on Six Nations say they are developing a strategy to re-open daycare and programming in a Phase 2 stage of pandemic restrictions that would reopen services in the community.
Provincial childcare programs announced a reopening plan on June 9.
Six Nations Early Years and Child Care Services says they are “working on a recovery plan to meet the strict operational requirements to provide a healthy safe environment, while having the wellbeing of our children retuning in the forefront of the new norm.”
Officials say the Early Years and Child Care service providers in the community have not determined a date of reopening, and that when Phase 2 reopening measures do take effect there will be limited childcare spaces available.
The Six Nations Police launched a food bank initiative bottle drive to raise money for the Six Nations Food Bank.
Six Nations Police Constable Jana Miller says the event originated last year as the police worked to raise community awareness about the needs of the local food bank.
Police officials say the response to the bottle drive has been so successful the police will carry it on throughout the summer months.
“So far we raised 1160 dollars in two weeks. We have received donations from Six Nations, Brantford, Caledonia and Mississaugas of the Credit
Six Nations Police are carrying on the initiative, picking up empties on Tuesdays. Residents who want to participate just need to have bottles boxed and set outside for pickup.
A construction crew accidentally cut a natural gas pipeline in Brantford’s north end on Tuesday morning, resulting in the evacuation of local residents.
City officials confirmed the line was severed at the intersection of Brantwood Park Road and Dunsdon Street. Brantford Fire, Police and Union Gas responders were on the scene to assist with the emergency.
Local residents were evacuated and some advised to shelter in place. The city later updated saying the area had been cleared by emergency responders and residents were allowed to return to their homes at around 1:00 p.m..
About ten people from Six Nations organized themselves to stop traffic near Painter Road and Highway 54 on Monday.
Six Nations of the Grand River removed road blockades at all community entry points at midnight on June 15 after nearly four months of restricting access to residents and ordering local businesses closed.
The group issued an unsigned letter saying they wanted to see traffic restriction reinstated at Six Nations through to July 3.
Six Nations Police attended the Painter Road location for a short time Tuesday afternoon but did not provide an update on whether or not those impeding traffic would be facing charges.