Jukasa News Update Wednesday, March 8, 2016
Ontario releases anti racism strategy; includes collecting race based data
Ontario is focusing on tackling anti-black and anti-indigenous discrimination as well as Islamophobia in its newly released three-year strategy to combat systemic racism.
The plan includes collecting race-based data in the child welfare, justice and health sectors, as well as in education from kindergarten to Grade 12.
It will also create an “assessment framework” to help remove unconscious bias in certain programs, starting in the child welfare, justice and education sectors this spring.
B.C. All Native Basketball Tournament drops ‘blood’ rules for players
A First Nations basketball tournament in BC has dropped its strict blood-relation player policy that prevented a Haitian-born man from competing with his village team.
Director of Prince Rupert’s All-Native Basketball Tournament, says player eligibility will now be determined by a status card that confirms the player’s Indigenous community of origin.
22-year-old Josiah Wilson was denied entry in the tournament for the past two years because he didn’t meet rules for family-line origins that trace back to grandparents.
Wilson will now be able to play in the 2018 tournament with introduced changes to tournament rules.
Six Nations man dies in vehicle accident
A Six Nations man has died following a crash on Onondaga Road early Friday morning.
The vehicle had been travelling North bound when it crossed lanes and left the roadway into the West ditch. It struck a culvert, then a hydro pole and came to rest against a tree.
The driver was ejected from the vehicle during the collision and was located nearby. Paramedics transported the male driver to West Haldimand General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
He has been identified as 19 year old Thomas Miller of Six Nations.
Toddler dies, police investigation launched
Six Nations Police say they are investigating the death of Six Nations toddler.
Police responded to a report Monday evening from Six Nations Ambulance of a 3 year old child who had no vital signs and was not breathing.
The boy was taken to Brantford General Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
Six Nations Police remained at the scene overnight Monday. The OPP Forensic Identification Unit is assisting the investigation in the tragic incident.