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Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, March 24, 2021


Ohsweken Public Health reported the presence of two cases of a Variant of Concern at Six Nations over the weekend.
In a statement to the community, SNGR says VOCs can spread within a day or two as opposed to two weeks and can cause more severe illness.
Health officials have begun contact tracing for those affected, who are now in self-isolation.
The news is concerning as Six Nations moves out of a devastating second wave spike that claimed the lives of 7 community members, and as the province’s top doctor announced Ontario is entering a third wave.
Meanwhile, the community has opened vaccine distribution to all band members this week.
Currently there are 13 active COVID-19 cases with 1 person in hospital. A total of 113 people are in self-isolation — 979 people have been vaccinated.

The Six Nations Farmers Association is looking to build a $5.6 million agricultural resource centre and supermarket on the territory, filling a long-time void for a local grocery store in the community.
The Six Nations Agricultural Resource Centre (SNARC) and supermarket would be centrally-located and sell locally-grown produce while promoting the agricultural industry on Six Nations. 
The proposed centre would encourage agriculture in the community, provide technical support to farmers, and provide education and awareness to the commiunity on farming and agriculture.
The cente would also advance food sustainability on Six Nations and connect people with traditional Haudenosaunee gardening and agricultural processes.

Manitoba RCMP have charged a 16-year-old boy with second-degree murder in the death of a Metis woman.
The remains of Tamara (Norman) Benoit, who was 36, were discovered in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie west of Winnipeg on Sept. 3.
She had been reported missing to Winnipeg police on July 10.
Two other people were charged with second-degree in January.
RCMP say the youth was also arrested at that time but was only charged this week.
Police have said Benoit was a much-loved mother who was researching her Metis background and history before she died.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the Mounties have enforced racist and discriminatory legislation and policies, and they should do better in the future.
Lucki says RCMP actions have eroded First Nations’ trust, with some incidents leaving generational scars.
She says the national police force is at the beginning of a very long journey to regain the confidence of First Nations, noting that developing a respectful relationship is going to take time.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde says RCMP should adopt a zero-tolerance policy for excessive use of force by members and called on the federal government to strengthen civilian oversight and provide funding to deal with complaints about the Mounties.

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