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Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Ottawa votes to uphold Human Rights Tribunal ruling, fund indigenous children on reserve
A unanimous vote in the House of Commons accepted an NDP motion to end systemic discrimination against children on First Nations reserves in Canada.
The historic action seeks Ottawa to increase funding for child welfare services on reserve, upholding a ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal earlier this year.
$155 million will be immediately funnelled to amend funding disparities with more funding planned for the coming years.

Convicted serial rapist seeking day parole
One of the province’s most notorious criminals is scheduled for a day parole hearing next spring.
Paul Bernardo is now eligible for day parole.
Bernardo was convicted of the rape and murder of two Ontario teenage girls in the early 1990’s. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Bernardo was given dangerous offender status after he admitted to raping 14 other women.
The convicted killer is eligible for full parole in 2018.
Families of the victims say the news is gut wrenching.
The day parole hearing will be held in March.

Ottawa police officer guilty of racism under Police Act
The officer accused of racist online remarks following the death of an Inuit woman has been found guilty on two Police Service Act charges.
The Facebook comments alleged Inuit Artist Annie Pootoogook’s death was likely because of alcohol and not a matter of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada.
The officer, Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar apologized to the Inuit community for his actions.
He will be sentenced in December.
Police officials are recommending a temporary demotion and cultural sensitivity training.

Indigenous leaders call for Trudeau to slam pipeline
The Treaty Alliance against Tar Sands Expansion is calling on the Prime Minister of Canada to denounce Enbridge’s part in the Dakota Access pipeline project.
The alliance of 85 First Nations, say its time Trudeau took a stand on the way Energy Transfer Partners and Dakota Access are treating indigenous people about the pipeline project.
Enbridge said in a statement on Monday that they do not yet officially own the Bakken pipeline system and are not involved in its construction or project management.

Wynne: Treatment of indigenous man kept in solitary confinement for four years “extremely disturbing”
Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne says the treatment of Adam Capay in a Thunder Bay prison is “extremely disturbing”.
Capay is a First Nations prisoner who was held in solitary confinement in plexiglass cell under 24 hour artificial light since 2012 awaiting trial in the murder of another inmate.
The case received national attention in the press after prison guards alerted provincial officials to the man’s treatment.
Wynne said she would not call Capay’s treatment torture, despite a United Nations declaration that similar treatment should not extend more than 15 days.
However Wynne called for the province to investigate how many more of Ontario’s inmates are in a similar situation.

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