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Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, October 14, 2020


Six Nations public health officials confirmed a massive outbreak in coronavirus infections on Tuesday evening — jumping from 7 active cases to 47 active cases over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Now, Health Services Director Lori Davis Hill is condemning community residents for ignoring public health advice.
The new cases include a total of 14 confirmed active cases and 33 probable cases.
The Six Nations Emergency Control Group issued a warning late last week, advising community members against any long weekend gatherings.
Davis Hill said the community’s public health workers are exhausted from racing to mitigate the outbreak and said there was little rest for the team over the holiday weekend.

An Ontario Superior Court Judge says people opposing a housing development in Caledonia have just a few more days to leave their occupation site, or they will lose an opportunity to have their concerns heard before the courts.
Justice RJ Harper told Skyler Williams that if demonstrators who have been occupying the McKenzie Meadows housing development site in Caledonia don’t leave the property before October 22, he will not be allowed to present his case before the courts ahead of the judge deciding whether or not to issue a permanent injunction on the land.
Williams has been acting as a spokesperson for the people opposing the housing development for the last 88 days.

A grassroots group of community members has undertaken work to restore the old council building in Ohsweken.
In a presentation to the elected council, Rick Monture explained that the building has been in disrepair over the years and that a steering committee has acquired community funding to begin restorative work to the structure.
Monture said restoration experts have been to the site and have remarked that the structural integrity is still very good with mild brick crumbling at the northeast corner of the building and this fall the team will shift to the removal of asbestos and lead paint that is in the building.

Six Nations of the Grand River issued a resolution Tuesday night in support of the community constructing its own palliative care hospice.
The proposed hospice would be a safe space for families caring for loved ones through end of life care plans and would be able to facilitate transfer of band members back to the community in their final days.
In a presentation on the proposed facility at Six Nations of the Grand River General Council meeting on Tuesday night, Lori Monture from Six Nations Home and Community Care noted that it has been a significant year for loss in the community. So far a total of 45 members have passed, all but 4 of those have requested to return home to Six Nations for their end of life care plan. The other four went to the Stedman Hospice in Brantford.
Elected councillors unanimously passed a motion to support the creation of a Six Nations hospice on the territory.

The Ontario government is expanding access to mental health and addiction services at Six Nations with an investment into day treatment for addictions and substance use treatment.
A total of $144,400 was invested by Ford’s conservatives as part of an additional $176 million across the province to help fund critical mental health and addition supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brant County also received $160,000 for detox services and withdrawal management searches.

Six Nations Paramedic Services hosted the Ontario Paramedic Memorial Bell at Veterans Park. The Paramedic Memorial Bell is touring across Ontario in lieu of the traditional Memorial Ride, stopping for periods in several ambulance/paramedic services. The Ceremony gives pause to think of the Paramedics who have fallen in the line of duty, to those serving who have suffered in silence and taken their lives, and to give respects to their families.

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