Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says First Nations policing needs to be made an essential service — something Indigenous leaders have been pressing the government to do.
Blair says the government will work with Indigenous communities to come up with a legislative framework that ensures First Nations have the policing services they need and deserve.
Concerns about police brutality and discrimination have sparked rallies and cries for change around the world since the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by Minnesota police.
In Canada, there have been outcries over the recent police killings of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi in New Brunswick and the battering of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam by RCMP in Alberta.
As Retail and business operations resume on Six Nations more community events are being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Six Nations Agricultural Society announced they were cancelling the Six Nations Fall Fair for 2020. The announcement comes on the heels of Paris Fair and Norfolk Fair organizers cancelling their events. All three events have been in operations for over a century.
Six Nations Police have cancelled their annual charity golf tournament and the Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow, which sees tens of thousands of visitors coming to Six Nations each July, was cancelled earlier this year.
Two people were injured in a collision Friday morning, with one man being pulled from a burning vehicle by local residents who hear the crash.
Six Nations Police say a sedan was driving eastbound on Sixth Line when it went off the road near 2577 Sixth Line into the ditch, travelling until it hit the other side of the driveway, rolling and hitting a hydro pole.
Hydro lines were downed in the crash and a man was reported trapped inside the vehicle.
When police arrived the vehicle was completely destroyed by fire. Local residents heard the collision and found the vehicle on it’s side with one person trapped inside. Another resident in the area used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames and pulled the man out of the burning car.
The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance; the passenger was also taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police continue to investigate.
Six Nations Police say three people are facing drug charges after a search warrant was executed on First Line.
Officers arrested two males who attempted to flee the residence upon police arrival. A female was located in the residence and was taken into custody without incident.
Police recovered Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Oxycodone pills and an undisclosed amount of cash along with digital scales, cellphones and tablet.
Shane Allen Longboat, 30, Albert Ralph Powless, 38, and Ruth Ann Longboat, 54, of Ohsweken are all facing drug trafficking charges.