Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Hundreds gathered outside Queen’s Park in Toronto to push Ford’s PC government to reinstate the Indigenous Culture Fund.
Ontario’s government slashed the critical funding rom $5 million to $2.75 million and has put the program in review.
The program provided financial support for indigneous people to start to learn their language and traditional practices and is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action.
Thousands of officials from across Canada signed an open letter in support of the call to reinstate the program, and delivered it Doug Ford.
Elected Chief Ava Hill and the Six Nations Elected Council were presented with a community safety award at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, celebrating Six Nations of the Grand River as a safe community.
Aboriginal Insurance Services say Six Nations was assessed for its services, roads and programs and was graded a platinum level community for outstanding health and safety.
The Canadian average score for safety is 82% and Six Nations of the Grand River exceeded that benchmark reaching a 94% rating for health and safety for residents and visitors alike.
A Hamilton judge has ordered HDI to pay over $15,500 in costs to the plaintiffs in a putative class action that is now moving towards certification.
Justice Lococo issued his decision on January 7, 2019 and ordered the Haudenosaunee Development Institute and it’s directors — Hazel Hill, Brian Doolittle, Aaron Detlor, the HDI’s two corporations — and Elvera Garlow to make payment by February 7, 2019.
Lococo gave a decision verifying that the claims being made by plaintiffs Wilf Davey and Bill Monture have merit to come before the courts.
HDI’s lawyers sought to have the case tossed but were unsuccessful.
Now the case is moving forward to becoming a class action suit.
Six Nations Elected Council took steps to declare February 22, 2019 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Six Nations of the Grand River.
The motion to approve the declaration was passed at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
The declaration says Six Nations of the Grand river will “recognize victims and survivors of human trafficking and … will remain committed to addressing and advancing survivors of human trafficking issues.”
Human sex trafficking is a crime and human rights abuse.
Those at risk include youth as young as 12 years old and vulnerable persons including those experiencing poverty, abuse, isolation or other social or family issues.
Six Nations Elected Council celebrated the completion of 5 townhouses in a new residential area just off Fourth Line in Ohsweken.
The site, now named Harold Road, will be home to five families making the three bedroom units their new homes.
SNEC says there are future plans to build an additional 10 single bedroom homes at the Harold Road location. An Open House for the Community will be held Friday, March 8.