Jukasa News Update Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Racism against Indigenous people in the northeastern Ontario city of Timmins appears to be both pervasive and normalized, the province’s chief human rights commissioner said this week.
Speaking after a fact-finding mission to the region, Renu Mandhane said everyday incidents experienced by First Nations people include being unduly scrutinized in stores or at the mall, hassled when using status cards, being called “dirty Indians,” or being yelled at by motorists to go back to their reserves.
An estimated 10 to 15 per cent of the city’s permanent population is Indigenous. Many other people arrive from remote First Nations communities on James Bay to access health-care and other services. But researchers say the First Nations population and its needs appear to be largely invisible at institutional levels, and services in Cree are hard to come by.
Manitoba Justice says the Crown will not appeal the acquittal of a man who was accused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine.
The Crown says in a statement that only errors in law can be appealed when someone is found not guilty.
Manitoba Prosecution Service’s appeal unit and the Crown attorneys who prosecuted the case said in a statement Tuesday there are no grounds to base a successful appeal.
A jury found Raymond Cormier not guilty last month of second-degree murder in the Indigenous girl’s death.
Her body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River eight days after she disappeared in August 2014.
The Crown said it had advised Tina’s family of the decision.
OPP’s TRU team and Canine Unit along with Six Nations Police apprehended a wanted man after week long manhunt for 49 year old Brett Elliott.
Six Nations Police Chief Glenn Lickers told Two Row Times Elliott was arrested in the bush between Tuscarora and Chiefswood Road north of Third Line.
At 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon OPP’s TRU Team and Six Nations Police took Elliot into custody. Police said in a statement he had been “hiding out at a residence on Tuscarora Road.”
Police surrounded that residence and they say that is when Elliott fled from the home into the bush. OPP’s Canine Unit tracked Elliot in an area near 2201 Third Line. He surrendered without incident.
Elliott is facing numerous charges (52) including: Possession of Firearm while Prohibited X6, Fail to Comply with Condition X5, Flight from Police Officer, Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest X2, Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000 X5, Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 X15, Careless Use of Firearm X2, Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose X2, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possessing Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, Fail to Appear for Court, Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm.
Six Nations Elected Council was blindsided Tuesday night and an immediate motion to launch an investigation passed after a community delegation presented evidence at the general council meeting alleging illegal dumping of slag metal, possibly diesel, coke ash and other possible contaminated materials at the Six Nations Landfill Site.
A local family says they discovered trucks with slag were being permitted to enter the landfill site and dump unknown contaminants — after they say they were being unfairly scrutinized by Six Nations Environmental Manager Clynt King and Six Nations Senior Administrative Officer Dayle Bomberry for bringing in fill to level their property to build a home.
SNEC elected councillors were furious with the revelations and put forward a motion to immediately halt trucks dumping slag and other non-household materials at the landfill site while an investigation by a third party is conducted to bring forward all documentation and evidence relating to what is being dumped at the landfill — including testing the soil for contaminants. SNEC said they will bring forward that documentation to the community within 30 days.
SNEC also organized for the family whose home build is being delayed to have answers brought to them by King and Bomberry as to why they have not been permitted to complete work on their property at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.