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Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, March 10, 2021


OPP say a woman has been arrested after stabbing a girl on Argyle Street in Caledonia.
On Saturday, March 6, police responded to the report of an assault and stabbing incident at around 2:30 a.m..
Police say that two individuals entered into an argument and then a physical dispute. The Six Nations girl stepped into the altercation to stop the fight and was stabbed.
Family members of the girl who was stabbed told TRT the attacker hurled racial insults at the victim during the attack.
The victim was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The suspect was identified by police. She has been charged with assault with a weapon and is scheduled to appear in court at Cayuga at a later date.

The hereditary clan mothers of Six Nations have instructed that all ceremonies must cease until the pandemic is gone.
This announcement from Haudenosaunee hereditary leaders in a video posted to YouTube over the weekend.
The leadership acknowledged the massive COVID-19 outbreaks linked to people who attended ceremonies earlier this year, despite health and safety protocols that were in place and cancelled ceremonies for the remainder of the pandemic.
The announcement said that it would be left up to individual longhouses on how to put through ceremonies without gathering a crowd.
The clan mothers and chiefs also expressed concern that community members should steer away from shaming and blaming those who have contracted the virus as the psychological toll of being infected is serious and can affect a person’s overall wellbeing.

Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Darren Thomas associate vice-president of Indigenous Initiatives. Thomas is an associate professor in Laurier’s Indigenous Studies program.
As the most senior Indigenous leader at Laurier, Thomas will provide strategic advice, support and expertise to academic and administrative units across the institution and strengthen partnerships with Indigenous communities.
Thomas began working at Laurier in 2006 and is a noted researcher focusing on Indigenous rights and self-determination.
In 2020 he was honoured as a Six Nations Community Treasure by Six Nations of the Grand River in recognition of his exemplary efforts to make the community a safer, happier and healthier place to live.

Ontario says it will give municipalities and Indigenous communities $255 million to address an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters across the province.
The government says communities can use the funding to acquire motel and hotel spaces to support physical distancing, hire more shelter staff, and buy more personal protective equipment.
Of the 20,000 people who used Toronto’s homeless shelter system last year, 711 contracted the disease and six died of the virus.
In late February, Ontario added homeless people to the list of those who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1 of its plan.
Shelter-system residents were to start receiving their initial vaccine doses last week.

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