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Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, October 20, 2021


Ava Hill, former Elected Chief and Councillor from Six Nations, has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Brock University.
Dr. Hill served for 15 years on the Six Nations Elected Council, including two terms as Elected Chief.
She is a member of the Mohawk Wolf Clan and is a co-chair of a Working Group that is creating a Declaration on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples Through Sports. She was also appointed as a Board Director for Commonwealth Sport Canada and is a member of the Canadian Advisory Board for Right to Play.
The honorary distinction is given to an outstanding individual who has contributed notably to their field of discipline and is recognized by their peers as a person of great moral standing.

The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit has declared a Covid-19 outbreak at McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia, Ont.
Two positive cases have been reported in the past 14 days. As outlined in the Ministry of Education’s Operational Guidance, an outbreak is defined as two or more lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school.
The initial positive case was identified on October 10, and a subsequent positive case was identified on Oct. 15.
The epidemiological link was discovered Monday.

The legal rights to the legendary creature in a British Columbia lake have been transferred to an alliance of Indigenous nations who say the Ogopogo has always been part of their spiritual teachings.
Council members in the Okanagan city of Vernon voted unanimously to transfer the Ogopogo copyright it has held for 65 years to the eight-member Okanagan Nation Alliance.
Ogopogo means spirit of the lake in the alliance’s Syilx language.
For $1, council voted to assign and transfer to the Okanagan Nation Alliance all copyright interests.
Cumming said the city never used the name for economic gain, but twice granted permission for its use in children’s books.
Vernon council agenda minutes say the city obtained the Ogopogo copyright in 1956 from a local resident who first registered the copyright in 1953.

New Brunswick’s six Wolastoqey chiefs called on the province’s new commissioner on systemic racism on Monday to take a stand against the provincial government’s ban on land acknowledgments.
Last Thursday the province ordered government employees to stop referring to unceded or unsurrendered lands when speaking at public meetings.
Attorney General Hugh Flemming said the directive was in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the Wolastoqey communities claiming ownership of more than 60 per cent of the province.
Tobique Chief Ross Perley said commissioner Manju Varma, who was appointed last month to address systemic racism in the province, should intervene to ask the attorney general to stand down. Chief Allan Polchies of the St. Mary’s First Nation also said Varma needs to denounce the government’s language on the issue.

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