Sixty-nine per cent of people 18 and older in Saskatchewan have their first dose of the vaccine. The province has to hit 70 per cent by Sunday in order to begin Step Three of the reopening plan by July 11.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau now says that, by the end of July, Canada will have received 'over 68 million' doses of COVID-19 vaccines, increasing the number of Canadians who will be able to receive their second doses earlier than expected.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine receive a second dose of an mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
A Cree language expert in Saskatchewan is hopeful the provincial government will allow Indigenous people to apply to reclaim their traditional names on government identification after the federal government committed to a similar plan on Monday.
Indigenous leaders of Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan say the community is struggling to cope with the intergenerational trauma caused by a residential school that once operated in the area, with many residents turning to drugs and alcohol to cope.
Canada detains thousands of asylum seekers every year in often-abusive conditions where people of colour appear to be held for longer periods, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint report Thursday.