COVID-19 Daily News Digest – June 11, 2020
Digital app to assist northern Saskatchewan fight against COVID-19
“We must bring people together and provide them with ethical surveillance tools to help them overcome their fear, be better informed, and help our health and financial systems monitor the situation,” he said.
Any collected data is co-owned with the Indigenous communities. Katapally said he hopes the information will assist real-time messaging during public health crises.
Human rights group alleges Indigenous seniors neglected at Slave Lake continuing care facility
“I think with (COVID-19), everybody is aware of what is happening in care facilities, but I think what people are not aware of are those that are kind of even more isolated and are more voiceless in the system,” she said.
Indigenous leaders fear Amazon soy port could be conduit for COVID-19
The Itaituba port terminals, which each year handle about 8 million tonnes of grain destined for key markets in Europe and Asia, have been allowed to continue operating as normal during Pará’s lockdown.
First Nations to wrap up testimony in legal action over impact of Kenney Dam
Testimony from Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations in a long-running lawsuit against Rio Tinto and the provincial and federal governments was expected to wrap up on Tuesday, but there is still a long way to go.
The trial was delayed earlier this year due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now anticipated to wrap-up early next year, after 200 court days.
Let’s Talk About COVID-19: How are First Nations responding to the pandemic?
Today’s webinar looks at current trends of COVID-19 for First Nations in the province, exploring how Indigenous communities are responding and addressing the importance of understanding the experiences and stories of First Nations people in relation to COVID-19. The names of today’s panelists were not made available.
Ottawa asked to intervene, reinstate Alberta’s oilpatch monitoring
It also says the suspensions were made without any rationale linking specific activities to COVID-19 risks and despite work continuing at energy facilities. It adds the hold on monitoring came weeks after the province declared a state of emergency over the pandemic and just as Alberta was starting to ease its lockdown.
COVID-19 lockdown shows importance of food traditions in northwest Saskatchewan
The entire community was involved in the harvest, she said. There were three moose and caribou as well as muskrats and fish. Most of the meat was divvied up among the nation’s 200-plus households, with elders the priority. The remainder was added to the emergency stockpile of donated food at the local hall.
Indigenous leaders, environmentalists oppose Quebec’s new Bill 61
Quebec continues to open up after the COVID-19 pandemic, and has introduced a new bill seeking to boost its economy.
But not only does Bill 61 represent a potentially devastating impact on the environment.
It is testing the patience of Indigenous leaders.
Black Lives Matter movement gets Indigenous boost in N.W.T.
“Intentionally put Indigenous leaders, powerful people in your textbook and teach it alongside white leaders, put Black people alongside it so when people leave school they are learning that every race can do these things,” she said.
Graham said she is hopeful that with solidarity marches Canadians will be able to tackle the root causes of racism and implicit bias not so easily seen or as frequently talked about.
Brazilian government taken to court for assault on environment, climate
Last week, on World Environment Day, civil society groups and left-leaning political parties filed three separate lawsuits with the country’s federal and supreme courts that target measures taken by Bolsonaro’s environment minister Ricardo Salles and his handpicked subordinate Eduardo Bim, current president of IBAMA, the country’s environmental agency.
How Canadian Policies Can Enable Indigenous Economic Development
There is a huge imperative to focus on Indigenous economic development, especially since Canada has a large, young and growing Indigenous population. Indigenous peoples need to be part of Canada’s future, and we have a collective responsibility to make sure that it’s a bright one, no matter where they live.
Lessons from Covid-19: Energy security through indigenous manufacturing
The need of the hour is a comprehensive solar manufacturing policy, which brings manufacturers on equal footing with global counterparts in terms of incentives. We need an ecosystem that incentives end-to-end manufacturing, in order to promote and boost a self-sustaining industry.
Hundreds of mourners gather at cultural farewell to Aboriginal teenager
Just hours before the service began, radio broadcaster Ray Hadley – who is pushing for funeral restrictions to be lifted – said he supported people being able to attend Thursday’s service, but pointed out it was unfair for those who are not granted an exemption.
‘This is causing divisions within the community. I think all these people should be allowed to attend this funeral today,’ Hadley said.
How Friendship Centres Keep Community Alive During the Pandemic
“I think that has changed the way I look at things and making sure that when there are challenges, when there are hardships, it should always still feel like community and feel safe and feel fun.”