Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, March 31, 2021
OPP are asking for help from the public locating 32 year old Amber Ellis.
Ellis was last seen on Six Nations of the Grand River in early February in an area on Sixth Line, east of Chiefswood Road when it was reported she collected her belongings, left, and has not been seen since.
She was reported missing in early March. This is the second public call out police are making to the public for information into her disappearance.
Ellis is known to have ties at Six Nations as well as Brantford, Cambridge, Hamilton and Norfolk County areas.
She is 5’9” tall, 120lbs with a thin build, long dark hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
Construction on a $9.2 million fibre internet project is expected to begin on Six Nations.
The Elected Council will be signing an agreement with Rogers Communications to install fibre optic internet to over 2000 homes on the reserve at no cost to homeowners.
The project will also bring employment and training opportunities.
The Elected Council says the service will allow the community to tap into the same internet quality as surrounding communities and will improve school at home and business opportunities for members.
Another community member has died of COVID-19. Six Nations of the Grand River reported an additional death Tuesday, bringing the total to 9 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There are now 5 active cases including 2 cases identified with a variant of concern. One person remains in hospital another 66 are in self-isolation.
This is the first time the case count on the territory has dipped below 10 active cases in the last ten weeks. Six Nations health officials scrambled to contain a devastating second wave that saw the community with some of the highest case rates in the province.
SNGR moved the community into Orange Alert level down from the Black Alert status earlier this week.
To date there have been 438 total cases with 424 resolved cases and 9 deaths.
Vaccinations have opened up to all Six Nations band members. Currently 1726 people have received one dose, another 142 people have received both doses of the Moderna vaccine and another 479 people are booked for future clinics.
A study of cardiac arrests in the First Nations population shows the average age of victims is 46, that’s 19 years younger than other Canadians.
While cardiac arrest describes a condition where the heart stops beating — heart attacks are different and usually caused by a lack of oxygen to the heart. First Nations people are also suffering heart attacks at a younger age — about ten years younger than other Canadians.
Risk factors that lead to heart attacks, such as diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure, are higher in the Indigenous population. A Public Health Agency of Canada report indicates that diabetes rates are three to five times higher for First Nations people who live on reserves than for the general population.
Experts, including those with the World Health Organization, ascribe this gap to higher rates of poverty and poor access to food.
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